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.”