Mccain calls for U.S. to bomb Syr­ian forces

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

Sen. John Mccain, Ari­zona Re­pub­li­can, on Mon­day urged the United States to launch airstrikes against Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad’s regime to force him out of power — a call for dra­matic mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion that wasn’t sup­ported by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion or its Euro­pean or Arab part­ners.

Mr. Mccain’s state­ment on the Se­nate floor came as the U.S. and Euro­pean gov­ern­ments pleaded for Rus­sia’s Vladimir Putin to re­think his anti-in­ter­ven­tion­ist stance on Syria, in what ap­peared to be an in­creas­ingly des­per­ate ef­fort for con­sen­sus among world pow­ers to stop a crack­down that has killed more than 7,500 peo­ple.

Mr. Mccain, the GOP’S pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee in 2008 and his party’s se­nior mem­ber on the Se­nate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, said the U.S. should change pol­icy by arm­ing Syria’s rebels and spear­head­ing a mil­i­tary ef­fort to sup­port them.

How­ever, his ser­vice will ap­peal to many vot­ers re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion, which is im­por­tant in a Demo­cratic strong­hold like Hawaii.

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