John McCain says Donald Trump’s missile strike on Syria did not go far enough
After days, if not weeks, of bashing Donald Trump on various issues John McCain was forced to admit he agreed with the President’s bombing of Syria in the wake of last week’s chemical attack. However the resident Republican warmonger in the Senate is now backing down slightly from his support and is sliding back into the #NeverTrump camp.
Not willing to give the President too much credit for acting quickly on Syria John McCain stated that the rhetoric coming out of Washington prior to the attack was partially responsible for Bashar al-Assad’s decision to use chemical weapons on his own people. I still have questions as to why Bashar al-Assad would do this when he seemed to be in the driver’s seat: if he knew Donald Trump was against regime change why would he do something which would change that position? This does not make sense to me, did this embolden him enough to think he could do whatever he wanted to do without repercussions? That is possible so I will leave my questions unanswered for the sake of this post.
John McCain then went into full warmonger mode (never go into full warmonger mode) by claiming that after reflection Donald Trump’s missile strike on Syria did not go far enough. Here is more:
Sunday on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said while he supports President Donald Trump’s missile strikes on a Syrian airfield in response to a chemical attack, it was not enough because Syrian jets are taking off from the base less than 36 hours after the attack.
McCain said, “Now that they are flying again basically within 36 hours is not a good signal.”
He recommended “cratering the runways.”
He has gone on record as saying we should have bombed all of Syria’s airfields and not just the one from where the chemical attack came, and now he is saying we should have “cratered” all of the airfields. He went on to admit Syria could simply repair the airfields in order to fly again but that we could keep on bombing and “cratering” them as needed.
In contrast to Donald Trump’s action, which seems measured and well thought out to send a message to Syria that using chemical weapons will not be tolerated, John McCain is basically advocating for an all out war in a situation where America was in no immediate danger or threat of attack. But then again John McCain has never seen a war that he disagreed with.
I admit that the Syria situation is complex: Assad is a bad man but so are the rebels, which include al-Qaeda and ISIS operatives, among other terrorist organizations. There are no good guys in this conflict. I do not have the answer but I think the last thing we need is to escalate this conflict at this time in order to feed the industrial military complex. We were supposed to be putting America first…
Maybe it is time to sit back and see how Assad responds to this before irrationally taking any more action as John McCain would prefer.
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium