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McCain to call for air strikes on Syria
foreignpolicy.com ^ | March 5, 2012 | Josh Rogin

Posted on 03/05/2012 10:58:02 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY

Later today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services, will become the first U.S. senator to publicly call for U.S. led air strikes to halt the violence and atrocities being committed by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"After a year of bloodshed, the crisis in Syria has reached a decisive moment," McCain will say Monday afternoon in a speech on the Senate floor, according to excerpts obtained in advance by The Cable.

"What opposition groups in Syria need most urgently is relief from Assad's tank and artillery sieges in many cities that are still contested. Homs is lost for now, but Idlib, and Hama, and Qusayr, and Deraa, and other cities in Syria could still be saved," McCain will say. "But time is running out. Assad's forces are on the march. Providing military assistance to the Free Syrian Army and other opposition groups is necessary, but at this late hour, that alone will not be sufficient to stop the slaughter and save innocent lives. The only realistic way to do so is with foreign airpower."

(Excerpt) Read more at thecable.foreignpolicy.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: kosovoerevisited; mccain; syria; war

1 posted on 03/05/2012 10:58:04 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Anything to help out your friends in the Muslim Brotherhood, eh Johnny-boy?


2 posted on 03/05/2012 10:59:09 AM PST by Dr. Thorne (Fall on your knees before Christ, your only salvation!)
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To: Dr. Thorne

I say “Reverse-Ace” John fly flight Lead on the first strike. Maybe the SAM will work right this time!


3 posted on 03/05/2012 11:02:13 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

First runner-up makes acceptance speech since winner has forfeited crown by no-show


4 posted on 03/05/2012 11:07:17 AM PST by bunkerhill7 (Helping ????. Who knew?)
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To: US Navy Vet

The Muslim Brotherhood isn’t the opposition in Syria. That’s why Obama is staying out of it like he did with the Iranian uprising.


5 posted on 03/05/2012 11:07:20 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"McCain to call for air strikes on Syria"

Hey McLame. If you really want to do or say something useful, how 'bout calling for air strikes on DC when the messiah is home and congress is in session!

6 posted on 03/05/2012 11:09:28 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The opposition is worse than Assad, hence McQueeg supports them.


7 posted on 03/05/2012 11:10:47 AM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: Dr. Thorne

The elimination of Syria is key to defeating Iran. The Islamophobia indicates gross failure of understanding of the players and how they are proceeding.

When Syria is overturned, Contact with Lebanon and thus the Hezbollah will be severed. It will no longer be able to support them via Syria. The elimination or reduction of the threat from Lebanon is a great boon to Israel and probably the best bang for the buck that is available..

He said US led. The air attacks will come from Qatar and probably Saudi Arabia air forces. They are collectively known as the Gulf Cooperation Council and will act on behalf of and at the consent of the Arab League.


8 posted on 03/05/2012 11:11:44 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Once again, McCain gets it wrong. We don’t have a dog in this fight. There is no significant chance that regime change in Syria will be good for America. We should stay out.


9 posted on 03/05/2012 11:12:14 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Can you imagine if we had elected John McQueeg to be our Commander in Chief? OMG.
10 posted on 03/05/2012 11:12:56 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Will this birdbrain ever just shut the heck up?

He is such a political slut.


11 posted on 03/05/2012 11:15:22 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: exit82

A political FLUKE. Wow, where can we go to have as much fun,


12 posted on 03/05/2012 11:19:05 AM PST by annieokie
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Close and lock up your PTSD locker box with you in it.
13 posted on 03/05/2012 11:29:10 AM PST by gitmogrunt
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To: bert
You really think that Syria will not become one more Muslim theocracy when Assad falls and that they won't eventually re-align themselves with Iran? You're dreaming.

Here's the plan: After Syria falls, Jordan is next on the list. Craven Kuwait is already bending the knee. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. The monarchies will be gone. The Muslim Ummah will be triumphant.

Then, they will turn toward Israel and no nation will aid her.

14 posted on 03/05/2012 11:30:23 AM PST by Dr. Thorne (Fall on your knees before Christ, your only salvation!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

LOL!

So NOW McCain wants to be President.....


15 posted on 03/05/2012 11:31:50 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Pollster1

Who are we suppose to bomb? The “freedom fighters” or do we bomb the oppressive government that is killing its own people?


16 posted on 03/05/2012 11:40:24 AM PST by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I think he should go in person


17 posted on 03/05/2012 11:46:23 AM PST by funfan (and his crew)
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To: faucetman

I don’t think this would be happening if he was elected the dynamics would be different. Obama and his supporters statred it.


18 posted on 03/05/2012 11:48:53 AM PST by funfan (and his crew)
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To: massgopguy
The Muslim Brotherhood isn’t the opposition in Syria.

They were at one time, but Old Man Assad took care of them in a big way.

19 posted on 03/05/2012 11:57:11 AM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: bert

Starting fires in your tinderbox neighborhood is not wise, as you don’t know what the fire will consume. Israel has had relative peace with the Assads for the last 38 years.


20 posted on 03/05/2012 11:58:22 AM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: Dr. Thorne

I don’t think so. Syria is cosmopolitan compared to Libya
or Saudi. But the longer this goes on with the massacres and the murders by Assad forces the more radicalized the ordinary Syrians will become, and, the outcome less predictable

Which is why Israel is keeping well away from this drama.


21 posted on 03/05/2012 11:58:38 AM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: Pollster1
There is no significant chance that regime change in Syria will be good for America.

What??? After all the peaceful transfers of power in Egypt, Yemen and Libya? Oh, wait...

22 posted on 03/05/2012 11:59:33 AM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

C’mon, McCain has combat experience in this arena, even from his history with the Forestall and number of jet crashes,...how much better qualified to start a fire...

Who with any learned experience in military operations would advocate explicit tactical and operational missions from the Congressional seat?

All the lessons from Vietnam to the present on how to succeed in warfare, have been thrown out the window by this Administration, to promote political tactics documented to usher in defeat.


23 posted on 03/05/2012 12:18:53 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Cvengr
Absolutely correct that Sen. John S. McCain has the experience to conduct an air campaign against Syria. An ace (he has five Class A accidents with his aircraft that resulted in their total loss), he should lead the attack in Syria from the cockpit of a TA-4J (we can borrow one from Israel). Load him up with just enough gas to get to Damascus, and he can do a kamikaze run on Assad's residence. Banzai! Banzai!! Emperor Obama should reign for a thousand years. Banzai!!!
24 posted on 03/05/2012 12:27:05 PM PST by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“The missiles are flying...Hallelujah...Hallelujah!!!”


25 posted on 03/05/2012 12:27:57 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The US is broke and all we produce these days are war and pornos. If the world wants us as a police force they should pay for it instead of it always being on our dime. The Saudis could afford to pay us for an invasion of Syria, for instance. All they paid for in the last decade was 9-11 so they have plenty saved up.


26 posted on 03/05/2012 1:56:07 PM PST by superstitionmountain (Did I mentio that I hate Chris Dodd, a rat among men.)
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To: Dr. Thorne

Somehow people forget “blowback.” Iran had a progressive, democratic government that would have been our friend, but our wonderful State Department had it overthrown at the behest of - wait for it - our good friends at BP oil. BP sure paid us back for the favor in the Gulf Coast.

Half our trouble in the world has been caused by our own gummint meddling, such as the arming, funding, and training of Al Quada. Ike and Truman both worried about this stuff getting out of hand and they were right. Whatever happened to the Founding Fathers’ idea of “No Foreign Entanglements” Maybe the USSC should think of that when they misinterpret the Constitution.


27 posted on 03/05/2012 2:04:44 PM PST by superstitionmountain (Did I mentio that I hate Chris Dodd, a rat among men.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Soon I expect to hear McCain advocating bombing England.


28 posted on 03/05/2012 2:07:13 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: Dr. Thorne

You misunderstand the area. Money trumps religion and will prevail. There is no real interest among those in control to allow the radical riff raff to get the upper hand.

All that gloom and doom is without real basis

The point of it all is to provide a solid basis for business and growth


29 posted on 03/05/2012 2:15:50 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

Assad is gone. It is but a matter of time


30 posted on 03/05/2012 2:18:12 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

One more thing Johnny boy, you certainly were not in any hurry to help the Christians in Kosovo, you ain’t nuthin but a muslim B@ll licker!


31 posted on 03/05/2012 3:10:26 PM PST by gitmogrunt
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Free ThinkerNY.


32 posted on 03/05/2012 6:49:18 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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Hey Mclame, STFU you crazy old man.


33 posted on 03/05/2012 6:51:26 PM PST by VastRWCon (The Middle Class is the Tea Party)
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To: funfan
Please source your stupidity. This ain't our fight! Let the Syrians fight for their own damn freedom. It will mean more to them. Have we learned nothing from Afghanistan & Iraq? After our forces are bombed, sniped, shot out of the sky and drug through the streets fighting for Syrian freedom they will turn on us and elect America hating Muslim leaders. As a vet married to a vet, I do not want my son fighting that fight. You, McCain and Romney send your sons!
34 posted on 03/07/2012 7:24:24 PM PST by blaquebyrd
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To: blaquebyrd
Why are you so mad at my post I agree with you I said John Mccain should go. I was being a smart alec I dont think we should be going over there. Sorry if I upset you and thank you for you and your spouses service.
35 posted on 03/07/2012 8:01:18 PM PST by funfan (and his crew)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Yeah, we can drop big stupid fat blondes on them, like his daughter.


36 posted on 03/07/2012 8:04:07 PM PST by Rome2000 (Rick Santorum voted against Right toWork)
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To: Rome2000

I think his daughter would make for a good ‘bunker buster.’


37 posted on 03/07/2012 8:04:45 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: funfan
""I was being a smart alec I dont think we should be going over there."

Sorry man, it's just when I hear some, not necessarily you, speak so nonchalantly about American force I tend to get a bit riled. I believe every politician should be afforded the honor of personally viewing our fallen warriors caskets coming home before they vote on sending Americans into battle. It really pissed me off to hear Romney speak of sending carrier groups into battle as an applause line. Someone needs to ask him, why aren't there any Romney's on those carriers? I mean he has five healthy strapping young sons and not one wants to be ordered to Iran by his father? Say what you will about the McCain and Palin families. When it comes to service to country, they are the real deal. Both their sons serve our country under Barack Obama.

38 posted on 03/07/2012 8:34:34 PM PST by blaquebyrd
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To: blaquebyrd

I get you.


39 posted on 03/07/2012 9:06:46 PM PST by funfan
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To: blaquebyrd

I get you.


40 posted on 03/07/2012 9:06:59 PM PST by funfan
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