One thing is clear at this point. American foreign policy would have been carried out as poorly if Sen. John McCain had been elected instead of Barack Obama. Despite spending several years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi during the undeclared war in Vietnam, McCain never shies away from U.S. military intrusions into places where it has no business being. McCain has been a vocal critic of President Obama for not aggressively pursuing a military action in Syria to overthrow the Assad regime. McCain has supported covert funding of the terrorists linked to Al Qaeda, which the CIA has been providing them for over a year now. Thousands of innocent civilians have been slaughtered thanks in large part to U.S. backed civil war. Sen. McCain spent his Memorial Day sneaking into Syria to meet with his terrorist friends. From the Daily Beast
Sen. John McCain Monday became the highest-ranking U.S. official to enter Syria since the bloody civil war there began more than two years ago, The Daily Beast has learned.
McCain, one of the fiercest critics of the Obama administration’s Syria policy, made the unannounced visit across the Turkey-Syria border with Gen. Salem Idris, the leader of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army. He stayed in the country for several hours before returning to Turkey. Both in Syria and Turkey, McCain and Idris met with assembled leaders of Free Syrian Army units that traveled from around the country to see the U.S. senator. Inside those meetings, rebel leaders called on the United States to step up its support to the Syrian armed opposition and provide them with heavy weapons, a no-fly zone, and airstrikes on the Syrian regime and the forces of Hezbollah, which is increasingly active in Syria.
Idris praised the McCain visit and criticized the Obama administration’s Syria policy in an exclusive interview Monday with The Daily Beast.
“The visit of Senator McCain to Syria is very important and very useful especially at this time,” he said. “We need American help to have change on the ground; we are now in a very critical situation.” . . .
Prior to his visit inside Syria, McCain and Idris had separate meetings with two groups of FSA commanders and their Civil Revolutionary Council counterparts in the Turkish city of Gaziantep. Rebel military and civilian leaders from all over Syria came to see McCain, including from Homs, Qusayr, Idlib, Damascus, and Aleppo. Idris led all the meetings.
The entire trip was coordinated with the help of the Syrian Emergency Task Force, an American nonprofit organization that works in support of the Syrian opposition. Two leaders of the group attended all of the McCain-Idris meetings and discussed them with The Daily Beast.Sen. McCain had absolutely no business entering the war-torn country to voice support for a group of bandits who promise only to bring a less civilized nation and more instability to the Middle East if they should succeed in ousting the legitimate Syrian government. I recall when Ronald Reagan was President how infuriated many Republican members of Congress became when then-House Speaker Jim Wright met with the Sandinista leader of Nicaragua at a time the Reagan administration was supporting rebel efforts to overthrow his government after the Congress cut off funding to the Contras. Similar outrage should be expressed by members of both parties over McCain's improper meddling in the country's foreign policy, which should be expressed through our elected President and his appointed diplomatic representatives, not errant members of Congress like McCain.
UPDATE: WND's Aaron Klein adds this about McCain's rebel hosts:
The rebel commander who hosted Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in Syria yesterday has openly integrated an al-Qaida-allied organization into the ranks of his fighting group, WND has learned.
The commander further runs a council that includes rebel leaders fighting for the establishment of Islamic law . . .
Last month, the New York Times reported virtually every fighting force in Syria includes Islamic extremists.
The Times further reported rebels aligned with al-Qaida are imposing Islamic law in areas controlled by the opposition.
“Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of,” reported the Times.
The Times article, by reporter Ben Hubbard, said Irgis had integrated into his Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army forces many overtly Islamist battalions.
The council “is stocked with commanders who want to infuse Islamic law into a future Syrian government,” reported the Times.
McCain is even nuttier than I thought. Congress shouldn't screw around in foreign policy - it's one thing to visit an existing ally and trading partner like Japan or Germany. Quite another to venture into the thorniest area on earth, Syria, and meet with the government opposition. I'm no fan of Assad either, but sheesh.
(I've read in various weird blogs that McCain is responsible for covering up the hundreds of living POW's and MIA's that the US left behind in Vietnam.)
Ozzy Osbourne is easier to understand than John McCain...
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