Senator John McCain contunes to slam Obama for his inaction and lack of leadership on Syria.
Last week, President Obama took to the airwaves again and answered questions about Syria. He continued down the same do-nothing mantra and made more excuses as to why the US is unable to respond. Senator John McCain and many others were very critical of Obama's lack of leadership and intervention in Syria.
Senator McCain says that Obama should follow the approach that President Bill Clinton followed to intervene in Kosovo in 1999. At the time, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization bombed Serbia until then-Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic withdrew troops from the Kosovo region, where they were attempting to crush an independence movement. But the US and NATO waited to long to respond and thousands perished.
“We should refuse to give Russia and China a veto over our actions” in Syria and create a “coalition of willing states” to intervene,’’ McCain of Arizona, the senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.
McCain, who ran against Obama as the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, said he envisions an operation that involves no U.S. “boots on the ground.” Instead, the U.S. should aid opposition groups by establishing “safe havens” in Syria using U.S. air power.
“Once Assad’s forces see that they, their tanks, their artillery, their helicopters and their other aircraft will pay an awful price if they try to threaten these opposition safe havens, I suspect they will quickly lose their appetite for it,” he said.
McCain today reiterated his criticism that the Obama administration isn’t doing enough to stem the violence and build relationships with leaders of an opposition that might one day lead Syria.
“When it comes to the administration’s policy in Syria, to say they are ‘leading from behind’ is too generous,” he said. “That suggests they are leading. They are just behind.”
As the violence continues, tensions are rising between the U.S. and Russia, Syria’s main Mideast ally. Last week, Clinton said Syria is “spiraling toward civil war” and that Russia is aiding the violence by continuing to arm Assad’s regime.
We applaud Senator McCain on his stance on Syria and hope that Obama will one day see the light. In the meantime, Americans should punish Obama at the polls and elect someone else. Mitt Romney says that he would intervene in Syria on "day one" of his White House stint.