McCain urges U.S. to lead effort for airstrikes on Syria
Sen. John McCain said today the crisis in Syria had reached a “a decisive point” and called on the United States to lead an international effort to begin airstrikes on Syria.
“Time is running out,” he said on the Senate floor today. “(President Bashar) 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 air power.”
The Arizona Republican said the Syrian government’s crackdown on its political opposition has resulted in war crimes and that its neighbors in the region will intervene militarily, with or without the U.S.
McCain, who opposed Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, said the United States has a moral and strategic obligation to force out Assad and his loyalists.
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