McCain Furious At Rex Tillerson For Saying Assad Can Stay

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The six year Syrian proxy war to dethrone president Bashar al Assad quietly ended with a whimper yesterday when at a news conference in the Turkish capital, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested the end of Bashar Assad’s presidency is no longer a prerequisite for a way out of the Syrian crisis, in a dramatic U-turn from Washington’s long-held policy.

“I think the longer term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people,” said Tillerson at a joint conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevut Cavusoglu on Thursday, AFP reported. Later, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley echoed Tillerson, saying "Our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out."

"You pick and choose your battles and when we're looking at this, it's about changing up priorities and our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out," U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told a small group of reporters.

 

"Do we think he's a hindrance? Yes. Are we going to sit there and focus on getting him out? No," she said. "What we are going to focus on is putting the pressure in there so that we can start to make a change in Syria."

Under President Barack Obama, the United States made Assad’s departure one of its key objectives. The Syrian armed opposition also insisted upon the longtime leader’s resignation as one of the conditions during the Astana peace talks.

For those unaware, allowing the people of Syria to decide the fate of President Assad has been Russia's stance since the conflict began. Moscow has repeatedly rebuffed any preconditions for Assad to step down before a political settlement of the crisis.

“The UN Security Council resolution and various decisions on Syria, adopted since 2012 with our proactive involvement, contain no demand or hint that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must resign. On the contrary, they say that the people of Syria alone have a right to decide their future, and that the political process should involve all forces of Syrian society without exception, including ethnic, political forces, religious denominations and all opposition groups,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a 2016 interview.

In other words, the entire proxy conflict, with thousands of lives lost, and millions of Syrian immigrants flooding Europe, has been for nothing.

Better yet, we have confirmation that Tillerson's pivot was indeed groundbreaking courtesy of John McCain's reaction. The Senate Armed Services Committee and prominent neocon said in a statement that "I am deeply disturbed by statements today by our Secretary of State and Ambassador to the United Nations regarding the future of Bashar al-Assad in Syria."

McCain then slammed Tillerson, saying "Once again, U.S. policy in Syria is being presented piecemeal in press statements without any definition of success, let alone a realistic plan to achieve it."

The angry neocon continued: "ultimately, the administration’s statements today could lead America’s true allies and partners in the fight against ISIS to fear the worst: a Faustian bargain with Assad and Putin sealed with an empty promise of counterterrorism cooperation. I hope President Trump will make clear that America will not follow this self-destructive and self-defeating path."

He was not alone: Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham says if reports were accurate, “I fear it will be the biggest mistake since President Obama failed to act after drawing a red line against Assad’s use of chemical weapons." He added that "This would be crushing news to the Syrian opposition and to our allies throughout the Middle East. I fear it is a grave mistake."

With America's two biggest neocons slamming Trump's Syria reversal, it is safe to say that at least in this particular case, Trump made the right decision.

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JustPrintMoreDuh's picture

Just fucking die already

JRobby's picture

Maybe He have a stroke?

(Laugh Track Deafening !!!!)

Looney's picture

 

McCain’s facial prostate has grown quite a bit.  ;-)

Looney

BaBaBouy's picture

He's still fighting the War in some Dark Dank Viet Kong Hole in the ground ...

froze25's picture

I am having trouble understanding this RINO NEO-con Globalist, Assad is the enemy of ISIS, we are the Enemy of ISIS, Syria hasn't attacked the US or its soldiers but ISIS has so why would McCain not want to ally with Assad? Oh thats right he is buddy, buddy with these nut jobs Islamic Terrorist.

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

All together now ....    Thank You Arizona.

 

I am having trouble understanding this RINO NEO-con Globalist,

Only thing I can come up with is that Assad is friends with that Evil Putin.  Since McCain has a hard-on for Putin then Assad must go.

marathonman's picture

Do you 'gentlemen' think McCain is tied in with the PizzaGate?  Otherwise what is his incentive to keep pushing this phony balony Russia meme?  Or does he just have a Vatican account that is filled when he dances this crazy and stupid jig?

beemasters's picture

The amount of investment$$ tied to "ousting Assad" project is at stake... someone will hang. I would assume McCain's easy career is on the line.

Dyler_Turden's picture

McCain should just move to the Dem party. He eats so much shit, he deserves to be there.

That way good old Trey Gowdy can blast him like he blasts that prick Schumer. EPIC:

https://goo.gl/9quUt7  

 

 

chunga's picture

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lexxus (not verified) chunga Mar 31, 2017 10:01 AM

That whole Syrian nightmare is about pleasing Israel.

stizazz's picture

Totally Agree. America has nothing to gain in confronting Assad.

https://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/views-of-news/#nightmare

lexxus's picture
lexxus (not verified) stizazz Mar 31, 2017 10:05 AM

IsraHell wants to destroy all its PERCEIVED enemies. Imaginary, that is.

Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) lexxus Mar 31, 2017 10:06 AM

That freakin country will drive America to ruin.

PrayingMantis's picture

... the cheeky Hanoi songbird and war-monger Jaundice McStain's wisdom is not a product of schooling or elite education, but of his lifelong attempt to pretend to acquire it.  McStain is the epitome of this >>> 'the true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagining you are intelligent'.

  ... his jowl-in-cheek approach trying to justify his love-for-anything-ISIS (with the asinine assistance of Ms. Lindsey G. - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/14/john-mccain-lindsey-graham-syria-statement) since the start of Obumboclot's war with Bashar is nothing more than a grandstanding-for-glory sideshow to deflect from the real issues ... that this Syria event was the evil root-cause of today's massive global refugee and terrorist crisis (to the delight of globalist money-lenders, of course) ... to pursue a never-ending MIC-sponsored proxy war only with the goal to enrich the MIC corporations and globalist banksters ...

  ... war is indeed extremely profitable ...

... and all these war-posturing and war-mongering (against China, Russia and other non-NATO-allied countries) boil down to this >>>    NATO   vs   BRICS    <<< 

... kind-of reminds me of this comedy of rage in Bangladesh ... all hot air, yet nobody wins  >>> https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=918_1490947760

 

USisCorrupt's picture

KUDOS to all the post before mine,

I LOVED THEM.

Sir Edge's picture

How Many Freaking Times... 

Have we heard ONE American politician state that Assad can stay and then later on a similar ranking pol or the SAME American politician will come out and say Assad must go !!

This is done on purpose... over and over again.

It is morale breaking propaganda... This has happened with Assad and Syria off and on for the last 6 years... He can stay... He must go... He can stay... He must go... and its NOT chaos.

Until everyone who is NOT connected to the Syrian crisis just throws their hands up and goes 'fuck it' and moves on while the AngloZionist conquer one more independent country...

On and on...

This is a common Israeli, American, British and EU tactic played out over and over and over over the last 30 years.... watch for it... it's starting to get monotonous.

I will believe the USA-Israeli Political machinery means this when they stand by their statement for at least 6 months WITHOUT contradicting it... and supporting it.

Before then... Its just a bullshit ploy... and I am NOT holding my breath.

 

Edgey... 

taoJones's picture

too late... and for other countries too

Batten down the hatches, looks like we're in for a rough ride...

chunga's picture

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bob_bichen (not verified) stizazz Mar 31, 2017 10:10 AM

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He shares this pathology with "Audio Feeline " "blue fin" AKA "TrollAndDump" (formerly known as XYTHRAS - since banned) whose "dailywesterner,com" is, if anything WORSE than the biblicism fetishist, also SPAM-, TROJAN-, VIRUS-INFESTED.

Other ZHers  may wish to take one minute to send an email to abuse@zerohedge.com requesting that all of the "imaginary friends" (in the list below; copy and paste)   be permanently banned for spamming.

As you do that, use your imagination to try to conceive of what type of whackadoo would spend their life in pajamas, fake eyelashes and high heels, eating stale chips and drinking cheap soda from the dollar store, popping zits, and spamming zerohedge. 

Many of the following have been banned but, like crabs and cockroaches, they just seem to come back.  The "short list of imaginary playmates" includes:

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Robert Trip's picture

Maybe those that are upset about so-called spammers along with people they disagree with should start their own site with ultra high levels of moderation to protect their sensitive selves from the thoughts and opinions that are not exactly like theirs?

Maybe name the site "The Sanctuary?"

chunga's picture

You lump differing opinions and spam together as though you don't know the difference

If the trend continues there will be nothing left here but spam and 42 week spam lovers like you. No need to start a new site, simply change the channel, there are plenty of others.

Robert Trip's picture

Stop crying about it.

Grow a pair.

Whiners are as annoying as the $7000 a month guy.

And calling everyone you disagree with a Troll isn't helpful either.

espirit's picture

@ Bob_Bichen

Not sure how I made your troll list, but for a 1 year old you aren't too bright.

Maybe I stepped on your dick at Fight Club, but that's Rule #4.

Fuck You Very Much, Dickjam.

Robert Trip's picture

Thank you for the kind words Bob.

Have a good one.

Cheers

Robert.

Bubba Rum Das's picture

I would certainly remind Mr. Trip, McStain's personal 'Assistant'; to please pull the Dildo from Mr. McStains ass as he should have done upon arising this morning, as evidenced by the 'above picture'...Ha ha...

(Laugh Track Deafening !!!!)

BarkingCat's picture

maybe you can pull your head out of your ass.

Belrev's picture

McCain tells Hannity of Fox News that ISIS is his friends and he talks to them all the time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHtS3c5olMY

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Biblicism!  Free deep fried foreskins from last week's circumcisms this Sunday!

AlaricBalth's picture

Does McCain even know what a Faustian Bargain is? An agreement, bargain, or deal in which a person sacrifices or abandons his or her moral, ethical, or spiritual values in favor of wealth, power, or other benefits. A reference to the legend of Faust, who sold his soul to the devil for unlimited knowledge and power.

Clearly McCain is psychologically projecting, a phenomenon where someone denies some aspect of their behavior or attitudes and assumes instead that others are doing or thinking so. It is usually seen as the externalisation of a person's negative traits, placing blame on an outside force.

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

Projection is a powerful defense mechanism, as you describe.  It's also become a political tactic, as evidenced by pretty much everything to come out of the DNC for the past 12+ months as they apparently can't think outside the Alinsky playbook.

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

That's my second dupe post this week.  I'm slipping.....

The_Juggernaut's picture

Remember the time McStain was successful at something? ...anything?

Tiwin's picture

Ummm...killing US sailors?

eatthebanksters's picture

He was successful at crashing a jet?

P-51 Stiletto's picture

In total he crashed 3 naval aircraft and damaged one while attempting to fly under powerlines in Spain, not to mention his USS Forestal incident which resulted in the deaths of 134 Sailors, if my memory serves.

HowdyDoody's picture

The US has now switched to Plan B in dividing Syria. It is using their other proxy - the Kurds - to do the dirty work. The Kurds are setting themselves up for grief, pissing off every surrounding country. They are also totally reliant on the US for military support. However, the US is in Syria illegally and the US has no war crimes protection via SOFA or UN Resolution. At some stage after ISIS is dealt with, they will be told to leave. If the Iraqis have any sense, they too will tell the US to get out totally.

eatthebanksters's picture

You'd think he wants to be President or something...

 

Belrev's picture

McCain says "ISIS is my friends and I talk to them all the time"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHtS3c5olMY

jcaz's picture

Exactly.  McCain's ONLY interests are financial- he's made a lot of promises in this deal,  they all go poof! when it appears he's losing influence.

Somehow this fuck thinks he's a dealmaker.  He's been a tool ever since he flaked out of West Point;

Hey- what do you call the VERY bottom of the class of West Point?  "Senator".

wren's picture

I want to know which Republicans keep voting him onto committees and they need to be fired as well. If Arizona wants him then fine, but we need to eliminate the rewards they receive from his position! Any RINO that votes for him to do anything is not a republican!

new game's picture

what if macstain had to go or be gone? like he wishes of assad...

Handful of Dust's picture

McShame sometimes makes me wonder why shit lives so long.

Akzed's picture

Annapolis, actually.

P-51 Stiletto's picture

I think his class rank was 894 out 0f 900... seriously!

 

Mad Dog's picture

Sorry, but McCain graduated last in his class at the NAVAL ACADEMY.

DOG

Raisuli's picture

Annapolis, not West Point.