Mr. McCain had insisted the resolution state that U.S. policy is to “change the momentum’’ in the war. An amendment which added that language, sponsored by Mr. McCain and Sen. Chris Coons (D., Del.), also called for an increase in U.S. efforts to provide lethal and non-lethal support for vetted elements of the Syrian rebel opposition.
The two McCain amendments to that effect, co-sponsored by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), change the non-binding Statement of Policy in the resolution to say:
It is the policy of the United States to change the momentum on the battlefield in Syria so as to create favorable conditions for a negotiated settlement that ends the conflict and leads to a democratic government in Syria.
The amendments point to degrading the Assad regime's chemical weapons capability and the arming of Syrian opposition as means of reversing the situation on the ground in Syria, where the Assad regime is generally considered to be winning.
The language appears to address McCain's concerns about the resolution that he voiced Wednesday morning when he said he would not support the resolution as it was then written. McCain has consistently said he supports further U.S. intervention in Syria to topple Assad.
The White House has repeatedly said that its goal with military intervention is not “regime change.”
The people who come up with this nonsense are truly morons of epic proportions.