Not interested in a bombing campaign in Syria? Do you wonder about the motivations of rebels who scream “Allahu Akbar” during battle? If so, then Sen. John McCain might get cranky with you because he’s been to Syria and he knows — they’re “moderates.”
Here’s what Sen. McCain said on Fox and Friends in response to a question by Brian Kilmeade:
“Would you have a problem with an American person saying, ‘Thank God! Thank God!?'” McCain said.
“That’s what they’re saying. Come on! Of course they’re Muslims. But they’re moderates, and I guarantee you they are moderates. I know them and I’ve been with them. For someone to say, ‘Allahu Akbar’ is about as offensive as someone saying, ‘Thank God.'”
True, Sen. McCain was given a tour of the land by the Syrian rebels, but for some reason he wasn’t introduced to the commander who likes to cut out chest cavities and eat human heart:
Footage [has been released] of a Syrian rebel commander cutting the heart out of a soldier and biting into it has emerged online.
According to Human Rights Watch, the clip shows Abu Sakkar, a founder of the rebel Omar al-Farouq Brigade carrying out the bloody act.
He says: “I swear to God we will eat your hearts and your livers, you soldiers of Bashar the dog,” to offscreen cheering.
Sen. John McCain wants you to believe that the Obama administration is skilled enough to identify — and arm — rebels who are friendly to Western Civilization, basic human rights and individual liberty. Do you believe him?
If President Obama went on television tomorrow and admitted that the United Nations is generally just a collection of thug regimes that impede any real attempts at making the world a better place (because to do so would threaten their existence), I’d mute my criticism. If President Obama admitted that our “allies” are sitting with zipped lips because their own military forces are incapable of the task at hand, I’d mute my criticism. If he admitted that countless welfare states around the globe hobble along because countries have tacitly leeched off the blanket of security provided by the United States, I’d mute my criticism. But he won’t. To do so would cause the worldview he successfully sold to the American people in 2008 to implode.
Have you ever wondered what the world would look like without reliable American leadership? You are seeing it unfold before your very eyes.
What John McCain doesn’t realize is that for every politician who would be ready to do what is necessary and proper in order to achieve a set of military objectives in Syria, there are nine others who would throw their own grandmother — or Secretary of State — under the bus at a moment’s notice. Just ask John (I can’t promise there won’t be boots on the ground) Kerry, who went before the world and made an impassioned case for acting as soon as possible, only to have President Obama decide that maybe it can wait until “tomorrow or next week or one month from now.”
The problem isn’t so much that the U.S. wants to make a decision between a bad guy and a worse guy on the international stage — because that happens all the time. The problem is that, in this case, there is no confidence in elected American officials to choose between two groups of really bad guys.
Exit question: Do you really want to trust a senator who plays video game poker during hearings on the military intervention he’s pushing? if John McCain can’t sit through three hours of testimony on Syria — during the work day — without playing hand held video games, Americans shouldn’t sit through three days of bombing runs on a Middle Eastern country that didn’t attack them.