It’s not hard to find somebody to blame for the recent, horrific deaths in Syria due to the use of chemical weapons. Certainly, you can blame the dictator of Syria, Assad and those from Putin’s administration in Russia who seem complicit with the present Syrian leadership strategy. There is also blame being focused on former President Obama and the Rice/Kerry team for declaring that they cleaned out 100% of Syria’s chemical weapons without firing a single shot in 2013. However, Senator McCain came up with his theory on who to blame.
But in a recent interview, Senator John McCain gave the Trump administration at least a portion of the blame for the chemical weapon attack. In a meeting with John Dickerson on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” McCain refused to absolve the Trump Administration from blame for the attack. McCain called Trump’s attack an “excellent first step.” But when he was asked by Dickerson if the present presidential administration’s position that the removal of Assad was not a priority “encouraged this behavior,” McCain’s answer was, “I think it probably was partially to blame.” You can watch his full comments below:
The Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has clearly expressed the administration’s position that the “longer-term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people.” McCain seems to be calling for a strategic plan to ouster the present regime. He rejected the idea that a one-off on a Syrian airfield was in any way meaningful. He also believes the attack did not go far enough, that we should have cratered the runways. Trump’s response to this disapproval is that runways are easy to fill in a top, but McCain countered that we could just crater them again.
Senator McCain explained his position, “Just a one-time deal is not going to be productive. And saying, ‘We are only going after chemical weapons areas,’ ignores the enormity of the problem. A very small percentage of the people who have been slaughtered in Syria have been slaughtered by chemical weapons. It’s been done by barrel bombs and indiscriminate killing and all the other war crimes that have been committed.”
McCain decries the position that our focus should just be ISIS and not the Assad regime as well. He believes we can take care of both problems at the same time, “We can walk and chew gum,” McCain said.
What do you think about McCain’s position? What do you think about his public claim that Trump shares the blame for the chemical weapons attack?