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(Syrian Al-Qaeda Leader) McCain: Assad has "upper hand" in Syrian civil war
CBS ^ | 6/2/2014 | Lindsey Boerma

Posted on 06/02/2013 8:05:18 AM PDT by tobyhill

As the Syrian civil war rages on, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," what's unfolding is "unfortunately a battlefield situation where [President] Bashar Assad now has the upper hand - and it's tragic - while we sit by and watch."

Last week McCain secretly visited the war-torn country to meet with some of the rebel forces taking on Assad, and stepped up his pressure on President Obama to provide them with arms. On Sunday, he called the opposition "very tough - they're battle-hardened. They're very dedicated. They are not al Qaeda; they are not extremists."

"We have some very strong and good people who are fighting for freedom and are being massacred as we speak," McCain said. "And remember all this talk we've had in the past year or two: It's inevitable that Bashar Assad will fall? Well I think we can't make that statement today.

"... Hezbollah has now invaded, the Iranians are there, Russia is pouring weapons in," he went on. "And anyone that believes that Bashar Assad is going to go to a conference in Geneva when he is prevailing on the battlefield, it's just ludicrous to assume that."

The administration has shied away from escalating its response to the ongoing violence in Syria, despite hotly debated evidence that chemical weapons were used there in the past few months. Mr. Obama has insisted he will not act on anything less than categorical evidence, making repeated allusions to the inaccurate information that drew the United States into the Iraq War.

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1 posted on 06/02/2013 8:05:18 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Juan Mclame thinks hes a Secretary of State...
Freegards
LEX


2 posted on 06/02/2013 8:06:57 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: tobyhill

Exactly just why is that ‘tragic’....he’s been in charge for umpty years and now after all the really good things that have happened in Egypt and Libya, we’re supposed to just throw his ass out so a Muslim Brotherhood can just come in and make things better. I hope Syria DOES get those S-300s in from Russia...I’d rather an Assad instead of a bunch of mad dog Islamic assholes...


3 posted on 06/02/2013 8:08:43 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: tobyhill

So who is killing Christians this week?


4 posted on 06/02/2013 8:09:17 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: tobyhill

There are no good guys fighting in this war.


5 posted on 06/02/2013 8:09:46 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: tobyhill
(Syrian Al-Qaeda Leader) McCain

Well....
6 posted on 06/02/2013 8:09:54 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
He posed with at least 2 Al-Qaeda members.
7 posted on 06/02/2013 8:10:57 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill
So John, why didn't you lead a battlefield charge by Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood since you are so gung ho?
8 posted on 06/02/2013 8:11:16 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: tobyhill

He’s another lying politician.


9 posted on 06/02/2013 8:11:52 AM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

I wonder why folks aren’t making the connections ... what does it tell us when Juan can fly to the middle east and meet with his friends in al qaeda, and the vermin media are unable to point out the obvious?


10 posted on 06/02/2013 8:12:28 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: tobyhill

Syria is a sovereign nation. Assad is its leader. Knowing what elements are at work in Syria (and Egypt & Libya & Tunisia & Turkey, etc), I would do the same thing as Assad. He has been quite restrained all things considered. McCain and company are not saying the same things about Grand Perpetrator of global jihad & tyranny: Saudi Arabia. He and Barry Soetoro and the Clintons and the Bushes are pawns/shills/traitors. Everyone seems to know that except for most the American people.


11 posted on 06/02/2013 8:15:05 AM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: tobyhill
Sen. John McCain is well past his prime, and it is dangerous for a dementia riddled idiot like this to be in a position of power.

For the good of the country John - and you are a true patriot - it is time to step aside. Go enjoy your end years in a place you can do no harm to others.

12 posted on 06/02/2013 8:17:53 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: tobyhill

What happened to the village of Christians slaughtered
and/or sold after alQaeda’s McCain gave them
the “green light” and US taxpayer money last week?


13 posted on 06/02/2013 8:18:58 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: tobyhill

“He posed with at least 2 Al-Qaeda members.’

The morning on CBS’s “Deface the Nation” show, Juan assured Bob Scheiffer Al Qaeda is not involved in the Syrian resistance. After all he met those guys and they assured him they were not terrorists.

The only redeeming thing about McCain’s appearance this morning was the absence of his pet Lindsay.


14 posted on 06/02/2013 8:20:12 AM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: FatherofFive
He just pulled a Jane Fonda, photo op with the enemies, Al-Qaeda. To me, he just lost his “Patriot” creds.
15 posted on 06/02/2013 8:20:15 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

I’m encouraging people to invite him to join the democrat party and be done with it.

His twitter page for those who wish to extend the invite.

https://twitter.com/SenJohnMcCain


16 posted on 06/02/2013 8:21:54 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: tobyhill

“Last week McCain secretly visited the war-torn country to meet with some of the rebel forces”

And got photographed with two who were kidnappers. You can’t make this stuff up. McStain’s cheese is officially off the plate. Time for Cindy to put him in a home.


17 posted on 06/02/2013 8:27:57 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: cripplecreek
Syrian is just the latest of McCain's treasonous acts. I'll use a line the Libs like to use, we're in a war with Al-Qaeda and terrorist. So far, with the help of McCain, there have been at least 3 countries that have been handed to Al-Qaeda under Obama and McCain.
Bush seemed to understand that there would be certain countries that are led by tyrants but kept out of the hands of terrorist. Obama and McCain don't seem to understand that.
18 posted on 06/02/2013 8:29:42 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Given his talents, McCain should not be on TV - the man should be in a LazyBoy shouting at the TV!


19 posted on 06/02/2013 8:31:15 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: tobyhill

Isn’t there a U.S. law dating from the 1800s prohibiting private inference in foreign affairs? McCain is making himself look more stupid than usual.


20 posted on 06/02/2013 8:39:12 AM PDT by mohresearcher
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To: tobyhill

Good. Let the giraffe pick up the pieces of his smouldering wreck. Much more preferable than another Morsi.

We’re not going into Syria, Juan. Why don’t you pick up a gun instead?


21 posted on 06/02/2013 8:39:12 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: All
“McCain told CNN Wednesday that members of the extremist group currently represent only 7% of the 100,000 total rebel forces.”

Only 7,000 Al-Qaeda? Gee Al-Qaeda Juan, with only 7,000 AQ Members in Syria, we should go ahead and arm them with some Chems or even nukes. /sarc

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/30/mccain-responds-to-syria-photo-controversy/comment-page-2/

22 posted on 06/02/2013 8:43:51 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Has McCain ever NOT been on Sunday morning TV??


23 posted on 06/02/2013 8:52:17 AM PDT by cardinal4 (Skip impeachment and move straight to deportation..)
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To: tobyhill

I think Assad is doing a great job stacking up the bodies. Soon Al Qaeda won’t have any left.


24 posted on 06/02/2013 8:54:22 AM PDT by struggle
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To: tobyhill

We don’t need to be there. We lost lotsa folks in our civil war. That’s what happens.


25 posted on 06/02/2013 9:08:55 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: tobyhill

Would somebody, PLEASE, tell Sen McCain to sit down and be quiet?

He has no idea what he is talking about.

I hate to say it, but I will: Follow the money with this guy.


26 posted on 06/02/2013 9:22:47 AM PDT by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
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To: struggle

I think Assad is doing a great job stacking up the bodies. Soon Al Qaeda won’t have any left.

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Well put, although he is no good guy, being but a puppet for the Iranian/Hezbollah Axis.

The longer this plays out the better. Sort of like the WWI trench standoffs that killed many, but advanced little.


27 posted on 06/02/2013 9:24:12 AM PDT by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
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To: tobyhill

>To me, he just lost his “Patriot” creds.<

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John lost his “Patriot” credits when he became a politician.


28 posted on 06/02/2013 9:37:58 AM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: man_in_tx

It’s what the Iraq/Iran War should have been...a war to bleed both sides completely dry.


29 posted on 06/02/2013 9:41:24 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Gaffer

Agreed. We need to wake up to the fact we’ve been the Saudis’ butt boys since the 70’s. Even though the Iranians aren’t our buddies, in this case, Syria, we should be on the same side to keep the Muslim Bastardhood out and do what little we can for the Christians.


30 posted on 06/02/2013 9:48:02 AM PDT by meatloaf
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To: tobyhill

Assad had the upper hand? Really? Doesn’t the government in power with control of the existing military always have the upper hand?


31 posted on 06/02/2013 9:58:25 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: tobyhill

Three years ago, Bashar al-Assad was the undisputed dictator of all of Syria, as seemingly entrenched for life as Kim Jong-un and the Castro brothers seem today.

Now, Mr. Assad’s army has been so weakened it can’t even manage to hold onto a small Syrian village called Qusair even with the help of Hizbollah...and we’re supposed to believe that Mr. Assad has the upper hand?!

After days of drinking al-Qaeda’s Kool-Aid, John McCain has risen to new heights of senile dementia by becoming Islamo-terrorism’s most enthusiastic lobbyist in Washington.


32 posted on 06/02/2013 9:59:55 AM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: tobyhill

Juan is upset that his and Ubama’s Muslim Brotherhood (aka, “al-Qaeda”) may not be able to get rid of the devil we know.


33 posted on 06/02/2013 10:02:02 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: dfwgator

Well put!


34 posted on 06/02/2013 10:15:17 AM PDT by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
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To: tobyhill

>They are not al Qaeda; they are not extremists

They are deluded and dangerous followers of an evil cult called islam. They are brainwashed killers who emulate a make believe pedophile and moon daddy to the point of absurdity and murder. Killers who want to impose their sickness upon the world and abuse women while buggering their children. Pure evil and too stupid to change back into humans.


35 posted on 06/02/2013 10:25:43 AM PDT by soycd
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36 posted on 06/02/2013 1:17:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: dfwgator

The war lasted 30 years. No matter...Just too many bad guys. But look around....very few Christians left.


37 posted on 06/02/2013 1:24:03 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: tobyhill

It only took 19 guys to kill 3000. What’s that 0.06%?


38 posted on 06/02/2013 1:26:16 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: tobyhill

“We have some very strong and good people who are fighting for freedom”

McPain is an idiot.

In the “revolution” in Iran, there were “democrats” and all kinds and all political persuasions who joined to be “fighting for freedom”.

They were not in charge; Khomeinei was. His group & his people were in charge, and all other “coalition” members and groups with their own grudges against the Shah and their own hopes were just additional BUT TEMPORARY soldiers for the “revolution”. They and their leaders were never in charge.

Outside of Khomeineis own group, some were allowed into the government, temporarily. Most all were eventually moved aside, targeted as “anti-revolitionary”, imprisoned, assassinated, disappeared or found self-exile. At one point 3,000 Leftists were killed in a few days.

In any such waring enterprise, the hopes and desires of the “cannon fodder” are often irrelevant to the core of the leaders who are running the show and will run the government.

McPain is a fool because he thinks the Syrian “opposition” is led by “freedom loving democrats”; its not.

That is sad because Assad is a dictator.

Four questions: If the events in Syria are really about Assad being a dictator, then (a) what kind of goverments do the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia have, (b) why are all of them backers of the “Syrian opposition” including the terrorists, (c) why is there no “Arab Spring” happening in the Gulf States or Saudi Arabia, (c) how would they react to one.

The Syrian people are pawns in a religious proxy venue war-contest between a dictator who is friends with Iran, a nation run by radical fundamentalist Shia Muslium theocrats, and on the other side Sunnis across the Middle East and led by the radical fundamentalist Wahabi Sunni of Saudi Arabia and their philsophical friends the MB.

The west does not have a dog in that race.


39 posted on 06/02/2013 3:17:18 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: tobyhill

They keep saying that “Assad is murdering his own people”. Well, I would guess that if armed “rebels” tried to take over our government by force then Obama would also wind up “murdering his own people” by mounting an armed defense.


40 posted on 06/02/2013 3:22:42 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Wuli
In the “revolution” in Iran, there were “democrats” and all kinds and all political persuasions who joined to be “fighting for freedom”.

Same as in Russia in 1917, many were fighting for democracy in Russia, to replace the Czars, but the Bolsheviks were in charge of the revolution.

41 posted on 06/02/2013 6:16:33 PM PDT by dfwgator
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Yes, and to the winner belong the spoils. A victory for Hizbollah and Iran, Assad is nothing.

42 posted on 06/03/2013 4:52:12 PM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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