John McCain has visited Syria to meet with the rebels fighting the Assad regime. PHOTO: Reuters
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) seems like he is flip-flopping all over the place on Syria, but he is actually very consistent. Here’s the supposed flip-flop.
John McCain on Sunday, Sept. 1, on why we should intervene in Syria: "If Congress overrules a decision of the President of the United States on an issue of national security, that could set a catastrophic precedent in the future."
John McCain on Wednesday Sept. 4, on whether he supports the resolution to attack Syria: “In its current form, I do not.”
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The Senate is considering a resolution drafted by Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), which would grant Obama a 90 day window in which to attack Syria, but prohibit any ground troops as part of the U.S. intervention in Syria. McCain presumably would prefer that to no strike at all. However, the Menendez-Corker proposal is very far from what McCain actually wants in Syria, which is essentially another Iraq.
McCain and fellow GOP hawk Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) drafted a statement explaining that limited air strikes in Syria are not enough:
"[W]e cannot in good conscience support isolated military strikes in Syria that are not part of an overall strategy that can change the momentum on the battlefield, achieve the President's stated goal of Assad's removal from power, and bring an end to this conflict, which is a growing threat to our national security interests," the senators wrote.
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Ignoring for now that President Obama has specifically stated that he is not trying to overthrow the Assad regime, John McCain is very consistent: when the question is “should we go to war?” his answer is always, “yes,” and if you ask “how much” he says “more than you want.”