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April 24th, 2012
09:12 PM ET

McCain: No hope for U.N. mission in Syria

Sen. John McCain talks to Anderson Cooper about the U.N. mission in Syria that he views as useless. "It gives the people who might be helping more pause while assurances are given by the U.N. that we ought to give this a chance," said McCain. "It would be fine to give it a chance if they weren't still killing people."

He criticizes President Obama for "doing nothing" to end the violence. McCain says the administration's rhetoric and economic sanctions are empty threats "against a person who, as we know, is slaughtering its citizens and the latest of course being killing people who talk to the U.N monitors."

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  1. Ann V.

    I respect the commitment of Rice, Annan, and the U. N., but obviously we need to step strongly forward. And, not just us, our global neighbors. It is wrong and immoral to watch, and not do something. I don't wish a war, but more power and strength needs to be set forth by us all to protect and help. We all needed it at some point in our history, did we not? We are an amazing people, surely we can storm a vision of help, neighborliness, and protection of those persecuted, and worse.

    Thanks A. C. for the interesting read on Syria.

    April 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
  2. Timm y Sowsmither

    Well. I guess there really is no hope for Syria peace mission now that McCain openly stated it. He is an insider. If he says there is no hope for peace then there will be no hope.

    April 25, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  3. mitch levy

    I wonder if Mr. McCain and others who would have us "save" Syria have given any thought to what arming the rebels would really mean? Syria has been an enemy of the U.S. and Israel for decades. Do we really believe the chants of "death to the U.S. " and "death to Israel" will end when a new regime comes to power? Has Syria not been a close ally of Iran? We've learned nothing at all apparently by taking away the greatest foil to Iran's ambitions in the world by getting rid of Saddam Hussein and ending Iraq as any threat to Iran. Arming the rebels, or worse, sending planes for a no-fly zone or even troops on the ground will only enable Syria to continue on as they always have. They won't be thanking us for any action on their part and we'll still hear "Death to the U.S" and "Death to Israel", as well as seeing them still be the closest ally to Iran in the region. Wake up people.

    April 24, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
  4. Sam Smith

    I agree with Sen. John McCain, we need to arm the Syrian people to defend themselves. President Obama has done nothing to stop Assad from killing his own people. We need to stop Assad and the Iranian influence in that area.

    It is sad to see Syrians being slaughtered by the Assad's killing machine and no one is stopping it.

    All it takes is one our NATO airplane to drop few bombs on Assad's palace and let him know that he will be next if he continues same action.

    Thank you Anderson for brining the news and the facts about what is going on in Syria.

    April 24, 2012 at 10:50 pm |