McCain on Syria

By Christopher J. Castelli / August 22, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) today urged the United States to take military action against the Syria regime following reports suggesting Syrian forces have “escalated their use of chemical weapons.”

Arguing that the “most recent massacre of innocent men, women, and children should shock our collective conscience,” McCain added, “It is long past time for the United States and our friends and allies to respond to Assad's continuing mass atrocities in Syria with decisive actions, including limited military strikes to degrade Assad's air power and ballistic missile capabilities.”

It has been two years since President Obama called for Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power and a year since Obama said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria would constitute the crossing of a red line, the senator noted. “But, because these threats have not been backed up by any real consequences, they have rung hollow. As a result, the killing goes on, Assad remains in power, and his use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians apparently continues,” McCain said.