Sen. McCain argues the U.S. and the international community should provide weapons to the Syrian opposition.
Mr. McCain please do not give up on the Syrian people and try to walkup Mr. Obama from his deep sleep.
Unless the Arab League or other individual regional powers like Saudi Arabia are willing to lend a hand to depose Assad, there is little the U.S. can do in this situation except to impose sanctions or perhaps covertly supply arms to the Syrian rebels. Regretably, despite how much we may sympathize with their plight, we are too weakened by expending our energies in Iraq and Afghanistan to do much more than this. Unless the situation in Syria rises to one of genocide as it did in Bosnia, there will not be the will in this country to do more than that. This situation is not all that different from that of the Iraqi people after Desert Storm, and we were certainly stronger militarily and economically then than now. While Senator McCain may excoriate the current administration for not taking stronger action, one wonders if he would truly do anything different were he Commander in Chief.
Almost every interview you have with Senator McCain he, McCain, is ready to have USA get involved in another conflict. I do not mind riding the world of tyrants but wars cost money. I have yet heard anyone discuss how the government should pay for such involvements. Nor have I heard any reporter raise the question, including you (Anderson Cooper). Will the warhawks or chicken hawks raise taxes to pay for any military involvement?
Its not the Syrian government that is creating this situation, its the rebels demanding that the Assad regime go down without any compromise. Then they start demonstrating and attacking government institutions which the government has no choice but to respond to or die. The reason that Homs was so bad was because of this armed resistance. If they had let the syrian military government back in, the shelling would have stopped. As soon as the rebels did leave, it basically did with some exceptions of resistance. It think is ludicrous that we have these Syrians on TV that expected the world to come in and fight their war/save them when they started the fight. If they want a revolution, there will be many dead but it is their choice.
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