Senator John McCain (R, ISIS) took the opportunity to blast Donald Trump’s policy on Syria after an alleged gas attack by the Syrian government on a rebel town killed dozens:
“We’ve seen this movie before,” McCain said on CNN’s “New Day,” referring to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s numerous attacks on his own people with chemical weapons, including one after President Barack Obama declared such attacks a “red line” that would warrant U.S. military action.
McCain, a longtime advocate of arming Syrian rebels and removing Assad from power, also barbed Tillerson, who recently said whether Assad will stay in power “will be decided by the Syrian people.” McCain called that remark “one of the more incredible statements I’ve ever heard,” echoing a fiery statement he released previously.
“Syrian people cannot decide the fate of Assad or the future of their country when they are being slaughtered by Assad’s barrel bombs, Putin’s aircraft and Iran’s terrorist proxies,” McCain said Thursday. “U.S. policy must reflect such basic facts.”
Calling Assad “one of the great brutal dictators in history,” McCain emphasized that leaving the Syrian president in power would contradict the United States’ duty to spread democracy throughout the world.
“These are war crimes on the scale … almost unmatched since Nazi Germany or Pol Pot.”
Although McCain expressed “confidence” in the Trump administration’s national security team, he lamented what he said was a lack of conviction in America’s policy toward the Syrian civil war.
“I don’t see any doctrine right now,” he said.
President Donald J. Trump (R, God-Emperor) meanwhile, placed the blame for the latest atrocity by the Syrian government squarely on the shoulders of his predecessor, Barack Hussein Obama (D, MMM-MMM-MMMMM):
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Tuesday that a suspected chemical attack in a Syrian town was a “consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution.”
“Today’s attack is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world,” Spicer told reporters. “These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution. President Obama said in 2012 that he’d establish a red line against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing. The U.S. stands with our allies across the globe to condemn this intolerable act.”
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan at the State Department in Washington, ignored questions from reporters about the chemical weapons attack. The Department of State later released an official statement condemning it.
“While we continue to monitor the terrible situation, it is clear that this is how Bashar al-Assad operates: with brutal, unabashed barbarism,” Tillerson said in the statement. “Those who defend and support him, including Russia and Iran, should have no illusions about Assad or his intentions. Anyone who uses chemical weapons to attack his own people shows a fundamental disregard for human decency and must be held accountable.”
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