McCain Says Obama’s Syria Policy ‘Abandons American Leadership’


By: Beth Reinhard

Arizona Sen. John McCain on Sunday called the Obama administration’s approach to the violence in Syria, “a feckless foreign policy that abandons American leadership.’’

More than 90 people, including about 30 children, were killed when Syrian tanks shelled a rebel-held village, United Nations officials reported on Saturday. As many as 10,000 people have been killed since the uprising began against President Bashar al-Assad more than a year ago. The Obama administration is reportedly preparing to vet members of the rebel army to determine whether they could be armed by other Arab nations.

That’s not enough, said McCain, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who has endorsed Mitt Romney.

“This is a brutal regime of incredible proportions,’’ McCain said on Fox News Sunday.  “The only conclusion you can draw is that this president wants to kick the can down the road until after the election. It’s really an abdication of everything America stands for.’’

Asked about Pakistan’s recent imprisonment of the doctor who helped the U.S. find terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, McCain said, “This has all got to do with a foreign policy led by a president who doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism.’’

McCain also said the U.S. needs to “draw some red lines’’ to pressure Iran to drop its nuclear weapon program, but he did not advocate military action.

Source: National Journal

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