McCain: I won’t vote to authorize just a few limited strikes

posted at 10:01 am on September 3, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

With most of Congress debating whether to authorize a very limited action against Syria and Bashar al-Assad, Senator John McCain told Today’s Savannah Guthrie that he’d vote against limited action.  The authorization for military force Congress gives President Barack Obama should give the Commander-in-Chief a wide range for strategic intervention in the Syrian civil war, to boost the Free Syrian Army and turn back Iranian influence in the region.  McCain insists that the popular notion of a terrorist-infiltrated FSA is nonsense, and “anyone telling you anything different isn’t telling you the truth”:

“I can’t support something that I’m afraid maybe doomed to failure in the long run,” McCain said.

“To do nothing would have consequences throughout the world,” McCain explained. “But to do something that really doesn’t change anything? In other words, some token strikes, and then sometime later Bashar al-Assad uses the chemical weapons again—what do we do then? Go through this same routine?”

McCain told Guthrie that “the Free Syrian Army is viable, it’s strong, and it’s moderate,” but not even the Obama administration believes that.  Neither does the New York Times, which in April reported that reality is actually the reverse, and that “nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of.”  McCain’s credibility on this point has been near zero since posing with kidnappers who supposedly were the good guys for whom we’d be fighting in an American intervention.

McCain told CNN that Obama is seriously considering sending weapons to the rebels:

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) told “New Day” Anchor Chris Cuomo that President Obama is “seriously” considering providing weapons to Syrian rebels. Senator McCain also made it clear that he doesn’t want to wait to take action until the United Nations weighs in with its report because the credibility of the United States is on the line and “no further proof” is needed on whether or not the Syrian regime used chemical weapons.

“We discussed… about increasing the capabilities and that means providing not only weapons, but the kind of weapons they need, which are anti-armor and anti-air. AK-47s don’t do very well against tanks,” McCain said. “So, we discussed that. And that would be a course of action that the President would seriously consider.”

Instead of worrying that the authorization is too narrow, most of McCain’s Capitol Hill colleagues worry that the draft language from the White House is far too broad:

U.S. lawmakers began work on Monday on their version of an authorization of the use of military force in Syria, worrying that President Barack Obama’s draft could open the door to possible use of ground troops or eventual attacks on other countries. …

“The resolution that they are presenting right now is so open-ended, I think even people who are sympathetic to the administration might have trouble supporting it,” said Representative James McGovern, a Democrat from Massachusetts.

“The broad authority the president asked for creates lots of concern with me and others,” Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri told reporters after a three-hour classified briefing for lawmakers on Sunday. …

Some legal analysts said Obama’s authorization for the use of military force, or AUMF, request as written could open the door to military action not just against Syria, but against other countries if they were deemed to be connected to the use of chemical weapons within Syria.

Expect this to get narrowed considerably before a draft even makes it out of committee in either chamber.


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I’m tired of being lectured to by the ruling class.

gatorboy on September 3, 2013 at 10:03 AM

SCOAMF II

aquaviva on September 3, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Lol. McInasne is now a liability for Obama. Oh how the world turns.

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 10:04 AM

So what does he want? Regime change? And how far is he willing to go to ensure that?

Doughboy on September 3, 2013 at 10:05 AM

“The Free Syrian Army is viable, it’s strong, and it’s moderate.”

I’ll take Juan’s word for it. After all, he has a great track record on the subject:

McCain says we can identify the good guys in Syria — after he unwittingly meets with kidnappers

steebo77 on September 3, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Say it with me, kids:

The Republicans are not our friends.

So what does he want? Regime change? And how far is he willing to go to ensure that?

Doughboy on September 3, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Bloody brilliant, eh? Replace the sunni government with the shiite insurgents — and they all hate the USA. There are no good guys in this conflict.

gryphon202 on September 3, 2013 at 10:07 AM

I hate this man.

Resist We Much on September 3, 2013 at 10:07 AM

“I will not vote for anything short of full global thermonuclear war.”

Why doesn’t he just come out and say that? For a man who had to endure the horrors of war as much as any man, it amazes me that he seems to be so anxious to keep the United States in endless wars all throughout the world.

Shump on September 3, 2013 at 10:08 AM

He’s gone completely crazy! GOP senators need to begin the distancing from him and his position.

Tater Salad on September 3, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Every time he opens his mouth I’m thankful he didn’t win the presidency.

Every time Obama opens his mouth I lament that he did.

2008 was the political perfect storm, we were/are screwed either way!

questionmark on September 3, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Say it with me, kids:

The Republicans are not our friends.

So what does he want? Regime change? And how far is he willing to go to ensure that?

Doughboy on September 3, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Bloody brilliant, eh? Replace the sunni government with the shiite insurgents — and they all hate the USA. There are no good guys in this conflict.

gryphon202 on September 3, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Just remember McCain is now the minority view in the GOP.

Tater Salad on September 3, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Bloody brilliant, eh? Replace the sunni alawite, iran-backed government with the shiite sunni, al qaeda-backed insurgents — and they all hate the USA. There are no good guys in this conflict.

gryphon202 on September 3, 2013 at 10:07 AM

steebo77 on September 3, 2013 at 10:10 AM

We discussed… about increasing the capabilities and that means providing not only weapons, but the kind of weapons they need, which are anti-armor and anti-air. AK-47s don’t do very well against tanks,”

Right, so this idiot will give them advanced SAM’s and anti tank weapons. What a complete incompetent. Those very same weapons will be sent to Afghanistan within a few days to be used against our people. Stupidity like this should hurt.

Johnnyreb on September 3, 2013 at 10:11 AM

“The resolution that they are presenting right now is so open-ended, I think even people who are sympathetic to the administration might have trouble supporting it,” said Representative James McGovern, a Democrat from Massachusetts.

Let the quid-pro-quo begin with the administration starting to “Stupack” individual Congressmen who care more about what they can get than preventing WWIII.

If the thin-skinned rat wants to bomb the region, let him first build a coalition and go to the United Nations.

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Pan the camera back and see that McCain forgot to wear his pants and has only one sock. The dude’s synapses are firing randomly now, maybe retirement now, Mac?

Bishop on September 3, 2013 at 10:11 AM

McCain: I won’t vote to authorize just a few limited strikes

McCain thinks we should also bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran.

steebo77 on September 3, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Just remember McCain is now the minority view in the GOP.

Tater Salad on September 3, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Yeah a real Wacko Bird. I wonder how long it will be before his stupid daughter feels the need to chime in on this.

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Old & Busted:

‘Let’s bomb Syria!’

- Senator Senile of Arizona

Older & Flat-Busted:

‘Let’s bomb Libya!’

- Senator Senile of Arizona

Even Older & More Psychotic:

‘Let’s bomb, bomb, bomb Iran!’

- Senator Senile of Arizona

Older Than That & T1ts’ Up:

‘Let’s bomb Iraq!’

- Senator Senile of Arizona

Dirt-Old & Roadkill:

‘Let’s bomb Afghanistan!’

- Senator Senile of Arizona

Ancient & Pushing Up Daisies:

‘Let’s bomb Somalia and Yemen!’

- Senator Senile of Arizona

Iron-Aged & Demented:

‘Let’s bomb Yugoslavia, Bosnia, and Kosovo!’

- Senator Senile of Arizona

Old Than The Wheel & Rocking A Potted-Plant IQ:

‘Let’s bomb Iraq and Kuwait!’

- Senator Senile of Arizona

Bronze-Aged & Clusterfarked:

‘Let’s bomb Nicaragua!’

- Senator Senile of Arizona

Adam & Eve Still Haven’t Eaten The Apple Old & Everyone Loves A Snake:

‘Let’s bomb Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos…just as soon as I crash my 5th plane!’

- Senator Senile of Arizona

Older Than The God Particle & FUBAR’d:

‘Let’s bomb the Soviet Union, Communist China, North Korea, Cuba, and the entire Eastern Bloc at the same time!’

- Senator Senile of Arizona

New Hotness:

Senator Senile, to placate your ‘Bomb, bomb, bomb, anything!’ itch, how about you start with one of your 7 houses?

- RWM

PS: And, notice how a strong border is NOT in America’s national interests when it comes to Senator Senile.

Resist We Much on September 3, 2013 at 10:13 AM

McCain is living proof that torture works … he’ll swear that torture doesn’t work, even whilst still suffering from the torture he received decades ago.

Karmi on September 3, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Time for McCain to STFU and retire.

GarandFan on September 3, 2013 at 10:14 AM

John McCain speaking after Nancy Pelosi holds up the red Queen of Diamonds playing card:

“Barack Obama is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”

Basil Fawlty on September 3, 2013 at 10:14 AM

What in the name of wild, wild sports is going on here?
Does anyone know what is going on?

If you are not 110% sure of something – don’t do it…..

Remember – Obama told our military that the people in Benghazi could not be saved.

Well I am telling ya – the folks in Syria cannot be saved. Stand down, that’s an order!

redguy on September 3, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Even if the rebels weren’t full of al Qaida sympathizers, McCain’s too dumb to figure out all Obama wants here is cover for not being held responsible for his actions, because he’s angry/embarrassed over being dissed by Assad.

Congress can give him authorization to attack Syria. But Congress then can’t make him do anything more than fire a few drones at Assad’s forces, after which Obama will say “I won”, do nothing else and, when things deteriorate further in Syria, say the Republicans share in the responsibility because they gave him the go-ahead (which, as implausible as that claim sounds, will be the one Team Obama’s Democratic Party supporters and the big media outlets will push).

jon1979 on September 3, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Maverick means leftard mole. The wifes money all in Qatar is it?

BL@KBIRD on September 3, 2013 at 10:15 AM

John McCain speaking after Nancy Pelosi holds up the red Queen of Diamonds playing card:

“Barack Obama is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”

Basil Fawlty on September 3, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Well, pardner, I have had turds that were kinder, braver, warmer and more wonderful than Obama.

redguy on September 3, 2013 at 10:15 AM

John McCain speaking after Nancy Pelosi holds up the red Queen of Diamonds playing card:

“Barack Obama is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”

Basil Fawlty on September 3, 2013 at 10:14 AM

‘Obama’s a reformer, ya know?’

- Nancy Pelosi

Resist We Much on September 3, 2013 at 10:16 AM

McCain and his hand puppet, Graham, are wrong and have long since lost their credibility. Fighting for and defending “freedom” are nobel causes but this fiasco is nothing but one ruthless political zealot waring with other ruthless religious Muslim zealots. Don’t let McCain allow us to be sucked into this swirling cesspool.

rplat on September 3, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Karmi on September 3, 2013 at 10:13 AM

He is torture.

docflash on September 3, 2013 at 10:17 AM

The Saudis have wanted Assad deposed forever. Obama, acting as their proxy, is creating the optics to put the U.S. military (such as it is) to work for the Muslim Brotherhood/Saudis. The Saudis and the Russians, Obama’s two likely funders and backers (in his youth) and blackmailers (today), are the two biggest nation-state beneficiaries in all of this.

Assad was ahead and had traction in his civil war. Why in the world would he bait the U.S. when things were going his way? It makes zero sense. By the way, Assad is evil, too. There are NO “good guys” in any of this, including Obama. It’s all bad guys all around.

redguy on September 3, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Poster boy for Term Limits.

fogw on September 3, 2013 at 10:18 AM

I’m now in full support for a “retirement party” for John McCain and Lindsay Graham. They are both delusional and possible dementia is setting in. It’s time for these two old horses to be put out to pasture.

Rovin on September 3, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Who’s the bigger joke, Biden or McCain?

EddieC on September 3, 2013 at 10:18 AM

McCain’s credibility on this point has been near zero since posing with kidnappers who supposedly were the good guys for whom we’d be fighting in an American intervention.

He really is an idiot.

But I’ll take his “no” vote on authorizing the use of force in Syria any way I can get it — even if he’s voting no because he doesn’t think the authorization goes far enough. A no is still a no.

AZCoyote on September 3, 2013 at 10:19 AM

“I can’t support something that I’m afraid maybe doomed to failure in the long run,” McCain said.

That explains your Presidential campaign.

Flange on September 3, 2013 at 10:21 AM

McCain’s still caught up in the warm after glow of
meeting those rebels Cannibals, when
he was in Syria….

ToddPA on September 3, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Ed,

You need to add to this post what he said on Fox and Friends this morning.

Oil Can on September 3, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Who’s the bigger joke, Biden or McCain?

EddieC on September 3, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Yes.

questionmark on September 3, 2013 at 10:22 AM

McCain and Graham are nothing but tools trotted out to put a Republican face on this administration’s sudden desire to bomb the crap out of the Middle East. We as a nation are an international laughingstock and McCain is not helping change the perception.

Innocent Syrians should not have to die because Obama was mocked. The United States military should not be working for Al Qaeda. Bombing Syria is simply not in the US National interest. Obama’s going to Congress and trying to get enough Republican “hawks” to bail him out of the mess he has caused. He hasn’t made the case for war. Congress needs to tell the thin-skinned rat “no” you may not bomb a country out of personal spite.

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 10:23 AM

McCain’s mind is gone. He’s completely insane! He needs to announce his retirement and return to Arizona.

TarheelBen on September 3, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Good. Effing. Gawd.
*headdesk*

annoyinglittletwerp on September 3, 2013 at 10:25 AM

McCain has Gone full Major T.J. “King” Kong. God help us.

WisRich on September 3, 2013 at 10:25 AM

“The Free Syrian Army is viable, it’s strong, and it’s moderate.”

Which of the three factions in Syria is the strong and moderate one? CENTCOM hasn’t even identified such a faction. I don’t think you found them when posing.

MNHawk on September 3, 2013 at 10:26 AM

McCain told Guthrie that “the Free Syrian Army is viable, it’s strong, and it’s moderate,”

Just like Morsi’s MoFoBros government. /

Resist We Much on September 3, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Soon he’ll be straddling Pelosi’s desk wearing a Dem ball cap, posing for photographers.

questionmark on September 3, 2013 at 10:27 AM

So the North Vietnamese Ace wants to lob a lot of cruise missiles to assist those who would and have done us harm?

Maybe it’s time to bring McLame up for a article 104.

HumpBot Salvation on September 3, 2013 at 10:28 AM

‘Obama’s a reformer, ya know?’

- Nancy Pelosi

Resist We Much on September 3, 2013 at 10:16 AM

What a coincidence, so’s Assad according the Kerry and Hagel who are on the Hill today making the case that we should start WWIII because somebody stuck their tongue out at Obama or something.

I don’t make light of the chemical attacks in Syria but this isn’t something the US has a moral obligation to deal with unilaterally. Nor is it a situation where we need intervene.

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Hee, hee. I have to grown to despise McCain, but BO is not going to be able to manage the political message he wants by punting this back to congress. There are just too many factions in each party on this issue.

I am not counting on this one. but I would love for congress to say, “You have the War Powers Acts. Make a decision. Let us know how it goes.”

mwbri on September 3, 2013 at 10:31 AM

What a coincidence, so’s Assad…

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM

That was my point. lol

Resist We Much on September 3, 2013 at 10:32 AM

SHUT. UP. MAV!

vityas on September 3, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Looks like I get to recycle a comment. But it’s even more appropriate here than on the original (Kerry Munich Moment) thread.

These Republicans remain unconvinced by arguments from fellow GOP lawmakers like John McCain

Jon McCain is becoming the Republican version of Joe Biden: someone who gets interviewed for his foreign policy expertise, but gives consistently bad advice.

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 3, 2013 at 10:11 AM

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 3, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Is Obama actually going follow the resolution if it is limited?

C’mon

cmsinaz on September 3, 2013 at 10:32 AM

I hate McCain more than anyone on the D side…he wants to give these evil, murderous fanatics anti-air weaponry?! You have got to be shittin me…yeah, the military industrial complex owns him lock, stock and barrel. (him and others). Go straight to hell, you wh* re.

ellifint on September 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Americans are hesitant because they do not feel they have the truth anymore from the Obama Administration, and do not trust him with the results we see in Afghanistan, where we train people and they turn on our soldiers, where our troops cannot engage the enemy or return fire, and where we leave but AlQueda seems to be lurking waiting for us to go. We don’t doubt that Obama hates nuclear or chemical weapons, we just think he is an impotent leader.

McCain may or may not have the truth we have no way to know and we don’t trust Obama opening up any more fronts after Benghazi.

I think the moment is gone for teaching a lesson, but I am interested for more information on the Free Syrians…why has the media not informed us before now???

Fleuries on September 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

the credibility of the United States is on the line and “no further proof” is needed on whether or not the Syrian regime used chemical weapons.

Well then, why the Congressional punt? Why didn’t the thin-skinned rat go to the podium in the Rose Garden (site of the Behghazi cover-up) and declare that bombing had commenced over Syria?

The reality is the polling isn’t with Obama and he’s seeking political cover like a cockroach when the light is turned on. Congress should tell him “no” and see how he handles the situation.

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Soon he’ll be straddling Pelosi’s desk wearing a Dem ball cap, posing for photographers.

questionmark on September 3, 2013 at 10:27 AM

More like straddling Pelosi wearing a ball-gag and yelling palomino.

HumpBot Salvation on September 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

unfortunately we are just going to have to take the hit to US credibility on this one. a striked that isnt geared towards taking out the ability to use wmd’s is useless and will hurt US credibility more than doing nothing. a strike large enough to hurt wmd capability wont be allowed by russia.and even if russia would allow it, we shouldnt since they pose absolutely zero threat to us.

sadly the SCFOAMF wont learn from this to not insult other foreign leaders. especially ones that can and will kick your scrawny butt if he felt like it.

chasdal on September 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Slow shaking of head, back and forth. Go away, man.

TerryW on September 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

I hate McCain more than anyone on the D side…

ellifint on September 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM

I don’t care what party he claims to be affiliated with- McCain is on the D side.

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Ed, how could you leave out his appearance on Fox & Friends? It’s a real doozy.

Naturally Curly on September 3, 2013 at 10:35 AM

This morning was the first time that I watched F&F in a long time and my jaw still hurts from hitting the floor.

Resist We Much on September 3, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Gawd what an embarrassment McCain is.

rbj on September 3, 2013 at 10:40 AM

We should continue to arm Islamists, for consistency sake.

We armed bin Laden. What’s the big deal?

happytobehere on September 3, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Is Obama actually going follow the resolution if it is limited?

C’mon

cmsinaz on September 3, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Why do you need five Navy destroyers, an LPD, and an aircraft battle group for a limited campaign that will be over in hours not days? The plans are much more robust than the thin-skinned rat will admit. IMO, he’s banking on a whole series of operations in Syria, Libya, Iran…… with the US standing alone. It’s criminally insane!

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 10:42 AM

This morning was the first time that I watched F&F in a long time and my jaw still hurts from hitting the floor.

Resist We Much on September 3, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Why aren’t we hearing more from folks like Rand Paul and less from shills like McCain and Graham?

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Who’s the bigger joke, Biden or McCain?

EddieC on September 3, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Who’s the bigger joke, Rodman or McCain?

steebo77 on September 3, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Would have been nice if Obama had consulted with senior conservative senators instead of two senior Democrat senators.

You know, years years and years ago, in the third Bush administration, after Bush suspended the Constitution, “we” went into Libya to stop the killing and teach a lesson…and though at the time we did not want to topple the government, just let Ghadaffi know that we were just a bit peeved…well…events just started rolling…on their own, downhill…fast…

The idiots are arguing about bombing or not bombing for all the wrong reasons.

Predictably…for all the wrong reasons.

And Graham and McCain are leading the charge….and giving Obama cover for this whole thing when it (just like Libya…and Egypt) blows up in our faces and even more Syrians die. Or, more Americans die…

In order for the Free Syrian Army to “win” without taking years to do so, they need a massive influx of trained experienced soldiers , and a lot more than a couple boxes of Ak-47′s…a lot more…and we are going to give it to them?

In order for AQ-Levant to win…and al-Nusra is part of AQ-Levant these days…in order for the jihadis to win…they just have to keep doing what they are doing…and we are going to motivate them to do even more.

In order for Assad to win…unless we bomb the hell out of him…all he has to do is make a case that this is a US invasion of his country…then we see what good buddies the “reset-Russians” and those “strategic partner” Chinese are…to us.

And McCain is old enough to remember who Diem was, and Tranh, and Cao Ky, and Thieu, the underlying reason why he ended up in Hanoi for all those years. How well did that “limited” war turn out, John?

That one started out with a lie, too…the Maddox and Turner Joy Gulf of Tonkin incident…and a limited surgical strike against North Vietnam from the Ticonderoga and the Constellation. Just to show the North Vietnamese that they could not do that stuff…and to teach them a lesson, not to invade or topple Ho Chi Minh but just teach them a lesson.

Pure madness…all of this…madness.

I hold personally responsible each and every Obama voter.

Barry built this.

But, America will take the blame…gladly, willingly, it seems.

coldwarrior on September 3, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Rut Row! Looks like McCain might be losing “his buddy”:

Lindsey Graham ‏@GrahamBlog 28m
Our choices about what to do regarding #Syria today are BAD and WORSE.

Rovin on September 3, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Give this man a cigar…

Damn. Good. Point.

And, dead smack in the middle of the target.

coldwarrior on September 3, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Sweet mother of pearl, will someone throw a net over this idiot?

CaptFlood on September 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Best tweet of the morning:

Dan McLaughlin ‏@baseballcrank 9m
How about we just mandate the Syrians buy health insurance?

Obama’s Imperialism?

Rovin on September 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Why do you need five Navy destroyers, an LPD, and an aircraft battle group for a limited campaign that will be over in hours not days? The plans are much more robust than the thin-skinned rat will admit. IMO, he’s banking on a whole series of operations in Syria, Libya, Iran…… with the US standing alone. It’s criminally insane!

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Good point, Nomad, but maybe the reason for the show of force is to keep the Russians at bay.

HiJack on September 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM

cindy sheehan not available for comment….

chasdal on September 3, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Hey, President Transparency, how about coming clean on Benghazi before asking Congress and the American people to finance yet another worthless excursion into middle eastern affairs?

HiJack on September 3, 2013 at 10:57 AM

“The Free Syrian Army is viable, it’s strong, and it’s moderate.” — McShame, Idiot

“Or maybe it’s the Syrian Free Army … or the Syrian Liberation Army … or the People’s Army of Syria … In any event, they’re all mostly secular, just like the muslim brotherhood … or my name isn’t Juan McShame.” — McShame, Idiot

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 3, 2013 at 10:57 AM

the keating 5 idiot has built a career off the 1 good thing hes ever done and we get the torture for that.
not surprising, this is the caliber of man that did everything possible to shut down all pow-mia investigations.
why anyone ever thought him credible on anything has always confused me.

dmacleo on September 3, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Maverick!

CaptFlood on September 3, 2013 at 11:04 AM

The weapons provided by us will be turned ON us.

My only hope is that the terrorists use them on DC first. Those corruptocrats deserve the first taste of the chickens coming home to roost.

Robert Jensen on September 3, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Who’s the bigger joke, Biden or McCain?

EddieC on September 3, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Who’s the bigger joke, Rodman or McCain?

steebo77 on September 3, 2013 at 10:44 AM

They’re not jokes; they’re jerks.

HiJack on September 3, 2013 at 11:05 AM

McCain told Guthrie that “the Free Syrian Army is viable, it’s strong, and it’s moderate,”

I don’t imagine that to many people would call the Muslim Brotherhood “moderate”. The Muslim Brotherhood has co-opted the Free Syrian Army, and has become the FSA’s main supplier of money and weapons. The FSA is now headquartered out of Turkey, where the Muslim Brotherhood is politically strong. They are gaining strength in Jordan, and the every de-stabilizing Iraq. I can’t imagine that gaining control of Syria would do anything to help achieve that grand vision of a grand Islamic state in the Middle East?

HarryBackside on September 3, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Senator Crash (McCain) is partially right. If Obama just tosses off a few cruise missiles, this will not achieve anything except for sending a message to our enemies that our president is impotent.
We should not provide any firepower to rebels in Syria, because they will surely make it into Al Qaeda hands. What we should do is a very methodical campaign much like the campaign against Serbia, that take targets of opportunity of an extended period of time.
Chemical munitions and delivery systems should be targeted. We should not stop until we have eliminated them all.
Lastly, this garbage about it costing us millions of dollars to keep assets in the area is baloney. We keep assets in the area all the time on a rotation basis for these kinds of things.

paulsur on September 3, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Rut Row! Looks like McCain might be losing “his buddy”:

Lindsey Graham ‏@GrahamBlog 28m
Our choices about what to do regarding #Syria today are BAD and WORSE.

Rovin on September 3, 2013 at 10:47 AM

As if that’s ever stopped Graham’s warmongering.

Resist We Much on September 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Well, of course it is moderate. The “rebel” who cut out and ate the heart of a Syrian Army soldier could have eaten his kidneys, liver, spleen, and so on. Next thing you know he will tell us the NVA was moderate and never committed any atrocities.

rlwo2008 on September 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

cindy sheehan not available for comment….

chasdal on September 3, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Oh believe me: that one IS available for comment, its just that – for some mysterious reason – our media has lost interest in her statements.

Valkyriepundit on September 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Has anybody heard any talk about the reason we’re going into Syria is to protect new oil pipelines which would seriously reduce Russia’s oil economy, and that being the basis for fears that this could trigger WWIII? Or is that all malarkey?

HiJack on September 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM

cindy sheehan not available for comment….

chasdal on September 3, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Oh believe me: that one IS available for comment, its just that – for some mysterious reason – our media has lost interest in her statements.

Valkyriepundit on September 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM

That phrase, “for some mysterious reason”, and the word, media, seemed to be linked a lot these past few years. For some mysterious reason.

HiJack on September 3, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Just saw Jeff Flake on Faux. He and Ms. Lindsey are such McCain azz-wipes.

The admin “we have a certain degree of certainty about the chemical weapons used in Syria”.

Flake, McCain, Lindsey “why is the president not acting now, all the way, without the congress…and such bla, bla, bla…and we know dead sure that Asaad used the chemical weapons”.

Flake has the best last name, along with Charles Blow and Weiner. How is it that the good people of AZ voted for two such turds?

Not only does the Syria bs chase out all the scandals but it also covers up the disaster which obama’care’ is and all that goes with it. obama has set a big trap for congress and the rats are walking right into it, as usual.

They should make an ad with all the times he derided them and at the end “it’s payback time”, and then vote all down. It w/b good for the land, alas.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 11:16 AM

obama is always a liar.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Say is ain’t so! John Boehner backing Obama????

Rovin on September 3, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Ed Henry ✔ @edhenryTV

Huge — WH gets Boehner: “the use of these weapons has to be responded to”

CoffeeLover on September 3, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Senator Crash (McCain) is partially right. If Obama just tosses off a few cruise missiles, this will not achieve anything except for sending a message to our enemies that our president is impotent.

paulsur on September 3, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Well then, Congress should say no and leave it up to the rat-eared wonder to determine what he needs to do. Because he needs to be held accountable for whatever action is taken and that won’t happen if he can blameshift back to Congressional approval.

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM

McCain: I won’t vote to authorize just a few limited strikes

It’s good to see McCain willing to say he’ll be in the no column, then, along with certain wacko birds, since Congress will never issue something that broad.

Still, my guess would be this comment by McCain is a strategic lie, and when it comes time to vote, he’ll vote yes to anything flying over Syria that has a propeller and carries a payload, even it’s just bags of Skittles.

Dusty on September 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM

McCain told Guthrie that “the Free Syrian Army is viable, it’s strong, and it’s moderate,”

Yeah, well, John, that’s what you said about your presidential campaign, and look how that turned out.

Fabozz on September 3, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Say is ain’t so! John Boehner backing Obama????

[Rovin on September 3, 2013 at 11:21 AM]

Maybe this is good. If he fails to get anything passed, that would be a good opportunity to ask that he step down as Speaker since he’s lost the confidence of the Republican caucus.

Dusty on September 3, 2013 at 11:36 AM

McCain insists that the popular notion of a terrorist-infiltrated FSA is nonsense, and “anyone telling you anything different isn’t telling you the truth”:

I am totally at a loss for words. My head just exploded. I miss the days when politicians took pride in their craft and made up believable lies.

OliverB on September 3, 2013 at 11:38 AM

We must abandon the prevalent belief in the superior wisdom of the ignorant

roflmmfao

donabernathy on September 3, 2013 at 11:45 AM

WAG THE DOG! Obama will do anything to keep the focus off the IRS, Bengazi, and other scandals. McCain is an idiot for trying go for full-out involvement where we truly have no national interest. To act because 1400 people were killed using chemicals is hardly a reason to do anything since we have sit by and allowed 100,000 people to be killed with bullets.

lhuffman34 on September 3, 2013 at 11:49 AM

This from the guy who met with the FSA and had his picture taken with known terrorists?

Yet another of the 50 Shades of Maroon.

ajacksonian on September 3, 2013 at 11:57 AM

The rat’s in.

Next he’ll order NO Hastert rule, just watch.

Make Pelosi the next speaker in 2015. Boehner doesn’t deserve the honor.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Serenity in Senility.

Bmore on September 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Schadenfreude, you ready?

Bmore on September 3, 2013 at 12:06 PM

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