The march to a US war with Syria appears to be picking up pace considerably today, with Sens. John McCain (R – AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R – SC), the usual advocates for any given war, loudly calling for the US to begin arming Syrian rebel factions.
McCain insisted that the rebel factions “deserve” weapons and that there would be ways for the US to funnel the arms into Syria indirectly. He suggested “third world countries” could be used to transfer the weapons to avoid “giving the appearance that the United States is trying to intervene in Syria,” which perhaps would’ve worked better if he wasn’t publicly announcing those intentions on national television.
Sen. Graham added that destroying the current Syrian government for having ties with Iran was a perfectly good reason, saying that ousting Assad was “as important to containing a nuclear Iran as sanctions.”
Exactly what aid the US providing and to which rebel factions is unclear, but former US diplomat Walid Maalouf said he is aware of ongoing secret aid transfers, and that the US appears to favor the Syrian National Council (SNC) faction.
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This is the way to make big money when these weapon starts pouring into Syria and shares of a certain gun making factory in South Carolina or Arizona start going up.
"McCain (and L. Graham) insisted that the rebel factions “deserve” weapons and that there would be ways for the US to funnel the arms into Syria indirectly. He suggested “third world countries” could be used to transfer the weapons to avoid “giving the appearance that the United States is trying to intervene in Syria",
Latest reports had Sen McCain declaring war on his cutlery, cups saucers and plates. "Their demands for frequent washing are intolerable!" he said. He also warned his toenails, a constant source of irritation, that they'd face pulling out. All the electrical items in his home are on notice of destruction if they don't back Israel. (Developing)
Johnny McCain should still be locked up in the Hanoi Hilton. Lindsey Graham should be digging latrines on an Israeli kibbutz for the people he loves so much.
If taken at face value, McCain's statements on his reasoning would seem to be disconnected with reality – he's not a stupid man. To publicly state that they could send weapons "indirectly" thru 3rd party players so the US would not be implicated is self-defeating, of course. So, McCain obviously has another agenda – perhaps as simple as making Obama look bad (who really doesn't need the help doing that) – everyone knows that McCrazy has a really, really bad case of sour grapes over being beaten by a junior (1st term) Senator – a black first-term Senator, at that. I'm sure that McCrazy has no real interest in helping the Syrian rebels, couldn't care less. Even his justifications of indirectly attacking Iran thru the current Syrian regime in disingenuous.
So, Mac, the world will know and the US will be forever complicit in whatever goes down. But, given our recent history of not giving a rats' behind about what the rest of the world thinks of our actions, I'm sure that the USG will press on and get involved anyway.
But, there should be some thought on the consequences of our actions. The Russians are heavily invested in Syria (and Iran) and have warned the US that getting involved in regime change there is inadvisable. So, buyer beware. Our economy is sitting on Occam's Razor and doesn't need a nudge right now toward global war.
In self preservation then the regime in Syria will arm itself with weapons from "the other side" [Russia, China, Pakistan, North Korea] other friends. So whats to stop in the future the demands of the rebels for a human/military commitment and the regime demanding the same from their allies. McCain and Graham are two neocons with a one track mind.
Has there ever been a war he didn't like, or think we shoudln't be involved in?
This is outright interference in the internal affairs of another sovereign nation. I wonder if it would have been better for a peaceful world if the North Korian had let this crazy old coot rot in prison.
As we said before, to correct the maters regarding US and EU foreign policies start with senators whom are making money out of wars that they support, Like Kerry, Mccain, Rockefeller, Feinstein, and those form the South and east and west and north of the country, if that dons’t help then close the entire democratic party and let people to start the US People Democratic party. I know wall street and its political allies is shaking by just hearing the word, People Democratic Party. Senator Ron Paul is absolutely right when he says US is becoming a fascist country.
mccain still hasn't come to grips with being a failure at war. He wants to live vicariously thru some young troop to make his demons go away.
It is just another way to make money but it is not very fair way….
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