NATO: We’re Not Naming New Headquarters After John McCain

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg likely put to rest discussions that a new billion-dollar headquarter building for the military alliance will be named after late US Senator John McCain.

A NATO spokesperson said British MP Tom Tugendhat’s suggestion to name the new building in Brussels after McCain would be “carefully considered” on August 29, CNBC reported. Stoltenberg pushed back on the possibility Friday, the Hill reports, saying, “NATO doesn’t have a tradition of naming buildings after politicians.”

Speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, the NATO general continued: “We are 29 [member countries] with a lot of presidents, kings, heads of state and governments, so we haven’t introduced that tradition.”

“I’m certain that we will be able to honor John McCain, but not necessarily through naming a building,” he said.

In addition to pushing for the US’ 2003 war in Iraq, which he later called a “mistake” in the memoir he released shortly before passing away last month, McCain advocated a hawkish foreign policy over his long career, which included several terms as an Arizona senator and two attempts to become president, in the 2000 and 2008 races.

“I have to accept my share of blame for it,” the late senator wrote in his last book. The Iraq War “can’t be judged as anything other than a mistake,” he confessed. By 2018, hundreds of thousands of people had already died in US adventures in Afghanistan and Iraq, while trillions…

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