Along with this good friend Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) penned a New York Times op-ed this weekend calling on President Barack Obama to “confront ISIS now” and criticizing him for saying “We don’t have a strategy yet.” But asked by Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren what the U.S. should do about ISIS Tuesday afternoon, his first response was two short words: “Kill ‘em.”
“They’ve got to be destroyed, and you’ve got to have a goal, the president does, and we have to have a strategy to fit that goal and policies that will implement it. We have none of the above,” McCain said on Fox. He called Obama’s recent comments about the “messy” world “one of most unbelievable comments ever made.”
McCain continued his push for war in both Iraq and Syria, saying the fight requires the “full weight of American air power” as well as “some more boots and support on the ground.” He added, “All this didn’t have to happen. We could have left a force behind in Iraq that would have stabilized Iraq. And we are paying an incredible price for the president’s leading from behind, whether it be in Iraq, in Syria, in Libya, or a number of countries in the Middle East. We are seeing the chickens coming home to roost.”
The senator proceeded to seriously misspeak when he described a 2013 meeting in the White House in which everyone on the administration’s national security team “recommended arming ISIS.” But, he explained, “the president, by himself, turned it down.”
What McCain likely meant to say was that Obama’s team, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, wanted to arm the “moderate” Syrian rebels in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad, but Obama did not want to. Van Susteren neglected to correct his mistake.
As Obama decided at the time, the lack of distinction between the “moderate” rebels and the Islamic extremists, including ISIS, who were fighting Assad made the idea of arming any opposition in Syria an extremely risky proposition.
Published on Sep 17, 2014
UGLY TRUTH: Testimony of Senator John McCain & Hillary Clinton, America FUNDING & ARMING Terrorists: Al-Qaeda & ISIS
THE TRUTH IS: America & Saudi Arabia has been FUNDING Civil War, Bloody Conflict, Radicalism & Terrorism to justify OIL WAR. This is a FACT not to be denied. STOP BIGOTRY & SECTARIAN HATRED!
Amerika & Arab Saudi MEBIAYAI perang saudara, konflik brutal, radikalisme & terorisme di Timur Tengah adalah FAKTA yang tidak perlu disangkal. HENTIKAN PEMIKIRAN SEMPIT & KEBENCIAN SARA.
Hassan Firouzabadi, the chief of the general staff of Iran’s armed forces, told reporters on Wednesday that Iran will never cooperate with the U.S. in fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
ISIL terrorists have seized the north of Iraq in the past week, threatening to dismember Iraq and unleash all-out sectarian warfare with no regard for national borders.
Major General Firouzabadi said ISIL was created by the U.S. and Israel to increase the security of the Zionist regime in the region.
He added that the ISIL attacks in Iraq are in fact a reaction to the victory of Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian presidential election.