"Those who say we don't know who the opposition are, they are either not telling the truth and they know the truth or they are badly mistaken," John McCain (Bloomberg News)
This coming from a man who posed with known jihad kidnappers in Syria (above). Obama is wrong and completely isolated on his Syria plan to back Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood opposition. Who do you think is coming to the rescue? RINOs. John McCain and Lindsey Graham are carrying water for Obama's pro-jihadist intervention in Syria. Step and Fetchit McCain and Graham were at the White House today getting their marching orders from the Dear Leader. There were no Democrats at the White House today.
Which Muslim Brotherhood operatives are advising McCain and Graham? Seriously. CAIR, ISNA, ICNA? McCain said today that blocking Obama's Syria strike would be “catastrophic." No, Senator McCain, Obama's support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was "catastrophic," and so is backing the Brotherhood and Al Qaeda in Syria.
McCain and Graham should be backing the Christians and the Kurds, not jihadists in Syria. The GOP coming to the rescue of the most seditious and dangerous president in American history is inexcusable and unforgivable.
Even the New York Times reported that "nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of" -- New York Times, April 28, 2013
McCain: Blocking Syria Strike Would Be “Catastrophic” TIME Magazine, September 3, 2013
Speaking to reporters outside the White House, McCain and Graham said they are not yet a lock to vote for the measure, saying they want to see Obama articulate a broader strategy for what happens when the cruise missiles stop falling to turn the tide of that country’s civil war in favor of the opposition.
“Now that a resolution is going to be before the Congress of the United States, we want to work to make that resolution something that majorities of the members of both houses could support,” McCain said. “A rejection of that, a vote against the resolution by Congress, I think would be catastrophic, because it would undermine the credibility of the United States of America and of the President of the United States. None of us want that. What we do want is an articulation of a goal that over time to degrade Bashar Assad’s capabilities, increase and upgrade the capabilities of the Free Syrian Army and the Free Syrian government so they can reverse the momentum on the battlefield.”
McCain said he encouraged Obama to think beyond simply punitive strikes against Assad, saying, “a weak response is almost as bad as doing nothing.” After the meeting, he declined to discuss the options Obama laid out, but said a larger response is now under consideration. “I don’t think it’s an accident that the aircraft carrier is moving over in the region,” he said.
McCain called it “shameful” that the administration has not stepped up its military assistance to the opposition, criticizing Obama’s efforts over the last two years as “a policy of neglect,” but the lawmakers signaled that may change. “There seems to be emerging from this administration a pretty solid plan to upgrade the opposition, to get the regional players more involved,” Graham said. “We still have significant concerns, but we believed there is in formulation a strategy to upgrade the capabilities of the Free Syrian Army and degrade the capabilities of Bashar Assad,” McCain added. “Before this meeting we had not had that indication.”
McCain and Graham said Americans and their fellow members of Congress need to understand that the conflict in Syria is not an isolated civil war, but a “regional conflict.”
“I can’t sell another Iraq or Afghanistan, because I don’t want to,” Graham said, previewing his messaging to his constituents as well as to his colleagues. “I can sell to the people of South Carolina that if we don’t get Syria right, Iran is surely going to take the signals that we don’t care about their nuclear program and it weighs on the president’s mind strongly about the signals we send. So if we lost a vote in the Congress dealing with the chemical weapons being used in Syria, what effect would that have on Iran in terms of their nuclear program. Most South Carolinians get that point.”
The meeting was the latest effort by the Obama administration to build support in Congress for intervention in Syria. The lawmakers said the administration still has its work cut out for it in the days ahead.
“I am already talking to a lot of my colleagues, but before I can persuade them to support this, I have to be persuaded,” McCain said.