McCain: Tomahawk Missile Strike ‘A First Step’

In an interview aired on Sunday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) described Thursday night’s missile strikes on Syrian military airbases as a “first step,” calling for a “strategy [to] bring about peace in the region.”

Speaking with CBS’ John Dickerson on Face the Nation, McCain suggested the U.S. must end the commission of “war crimes” committed by Bashar al-Assad, president of the failed state of Syria.

McCain connected the rise of modern Islamic terrorism via ISIS and Al-Qaeda to Assad’s “polarizing of the Syrian people.” Toppling Assad, suggested McCain, would dually diminish Islamic terrorism:

“You can’t — to a large degree, Bashar al-Assad, by polarizing the Syrian people, have also given rise to ISIS and al Qaeda. So they are both connected. And I believe that the United States of America can address both at the same time. We can walk and chew gum.”

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  • Dannie Poe

    Although I understand ISIS is a threat across the globe, it should be understood that the US can not control the concept of a person’s belief. Only when Islamic nations wake up and condemn Radical Islam will there be change. This was part of Christianities past as well. Until freedom of religion became a protected right and Radical Christianity was condemned by their fellow Christians did Radical Christianity end. Any faith can become Radicalized. The question is will society allow this Radicalization? Islam must make the call to end Radical Islam. It is that simple. Yes, we can cut the head off of ISIS, but this will not stop Radical Islam. There is one glaring fact that Islam is faced with that effects the whole world. As long as Islam seeks to destroy or enslave nonbelievers some form of Radical Islam will exist. I can understand that Muslims feel there is no God but Allah. Christians accept the same message of their God. Jews feel the same. So what is the answer. Islam must live in peace with others and condemn those who practice Extreme Islam. When the globe accepts that any form of Terrorist will be dealt with severely will Terrorism end. If Gassing people with a deadly gas is considered a act of Terrorism I say bomb them to hell. If the world(including every nation) will not stop Terrorism, Terrorism will continue. Walk softly but carry a big stick should be understood by all nations, big or small.

  • George Cardin

    I can’t believe it! McCain is “actually ” sticking by President Trump! That’s a hoot! Lately all he’s been doing is putting him and his every move on notice and complaining. He must be scared so he’s sucking up.

    • Lauri Neva

      I see you are a Hellery fan!

  • Bob USAF(ret)

    I wish McCain would just zip it up, he is an embarrassment, he is a shoo in candidate for poster RINO advocating term limits.

    • Col. William Dexter

      McCain really showed us his real self, when some years ago, he almost sunk an aircraft carrier single handed, its a shame it was one of ours, but what a great effort.

  • J A

    McCain is a coward, whatever he says is irrelevant.

  • Lauri Neva

    Any bomb throwing can hardly bring peace! We are really in for it in America. Those foreigners are itching to bomb the hell out us!

  • Ak78259

    At least 5,000 Iranian revolutionary
    guards are currently active in Syria. Thousands more from Hezbollah, Iraqi
    militias, as well as Afghan and Pakistani mercenaries have joined them.

    The IRGC is mostly fighting the Free
    Syrian Army and Jaish al-Fatah and its associate forces; it is not even present
    in regions where they could come into contact with ISIS.

    The infamous Quds Force Commander,
    Gen. Qassem Soleimani has dispatched his top lieutenants to Syria, including
    his deputy, Brig. General Esmail Qa’ani, who recently commanded the IRGC forces
    in a battle in Aleppo. He replaced General Hossein Hamedani, who was killed
    there in October. In addition, other senior commanders in Syria include Brig.
    Gen. Qassem Rostami, former commander of IRGC’s Khatam Base and Oil Minister
    under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, now the commander of logistics of the war in Syria;
    Brig. General Ahmad Madani, the commander of IRGC in the northern front in
    Syria and currently stationed in the Aleppo region. A total of 16 IRGC
    Brigadiers General have been killed in Syria so far.

    Therefore, the solution to ISIS does
    not lie solely in increased security measures, enhanced manpower and resources,
    and better intelligence. Rather, it requires, a fundamental policy shift aimed
    at drying up the Islamic fundamentalists’ resources and recruiting grounds.

    remember that this new brand of extremism, which merged backward ideas with
    terrorism, emerged when the mullahs seized power in Iran in 1979.