McCain Calls For US To Lead Effort To Begin Syrian Air Strikes

Tyler Durden's picture

Just a headline from AP for now:

  • Sen. McCain calls for US to lead 'international effort' to begin air strikes on Syria.

Looks like operation "Enduring Brent Crude Freedom" is about to commence.

From Foreign Policy:

Later today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, will become the first U.S. senator to publicly call for U.S. led air strikes to halt the violence and atrocities being committed by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


"After a year of bloodshed, the crisis in Syria has reached a decisive moment," McCain will say Monday afternoon in a speech on the Senate floor, according to excerpts obtained in advance by The Cable.


"What opposition groups in Syria need most urgently is relief from Assad's tank and artillery sieges in many cities that are still contested. Homs is lost for now, but Idlib, and Hama, and Qusayr, and Deraa, and other cities in Syria could still be saved," McCain will say. "But time is running out. Assad's forces are on the march. Providing military assistance to the Free Syrian Army and other opposition groups is necessary, but at this late hour, that alone will not be sufficient to stop the slaughter and save innocent lives. The only realistic way to do so is with foreign airpower."


The Obama administration's stance thus far has been to clearly communicate that international military intervention is not on the table in Syria. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that the United States is willing to provide humanitarian assistance in Syria immediately... but only if Assad agrees to provide access to affected areas.


McCain, referring directly to the requests for more direct assistance from the Syrian National Council, the Free Syrian Army, and Local Coordinating Committees inside Syria, will call for the United States to lead an international effort to protect civilian population centers in northern Syria through airstrikes on Assad's forces.


"To be clear: This will require the United States to suppress enemy air defenses in at least part of the country," McCain will say. "The ultimate goal of airstrikes should be to establish and defend safe havens in Syria, especially in the north, in which opposition forces can organize and plan their political and military activities against Assad. These safe havens could serve as platforms for the delivery of humanitarian and military assistance -- including weapons and ammunition, body armor and other personal protective equipment, tactical intelligence, secure communications equipment, food and water, and medical supplies. These safe havens could also help the Free Syrian Army and other armed groups in Syria to train and organize themselves into more cohesive and effective military forces, likely with the assistance of foreign partners."

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Mercury's picture

Syria has oil?

redpill's picture

Sounds like some Syrians are about to get a while bunch of fuckin' freedom and democracy dropped on their heads.  Enjoy being "liberated" kids!

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

This is just a cover so Israel can use Syrian airspace to attack Iran.

nope-1004's picture

First Iraqi oil, then Egyptian oil, then Libyan oil, next Syrian oil, then Iranian oil.

I don't see the trend.  LOL.  All under the guise of "freedom".  What a crock of shit!!


Ahmeexnal's picture

Seems like John McCocaine has run out of his meds....again.

knukles's picture

Only have about 26 tonnes of gold reserves and produce 380k bbl/day oil, with reserves less than 2.5 b, so not a big economic enterprize zone for raping and pillaging.
Must be the cheap Canadian meds for Johnnie Boy.

"You can't be Syrious"TM

Pinto Currency's picture

"...Rarely remarked upon in discussion of this kind is that the Israeli right's goals in the Middle East have long been public knowledge, promoted by Israeli and dual-citizenship Neocons for some time. In a 1982 article in the Israeli journal Kivunim, the journal of the Department of Information of the World Zionist Organization, Israeli scholar Oded Yinon, formerly attached to the Foreign Ministry, reiterates the old idea that Israel's best course for long-term safety, prosperity, and possible expansion lay in its neighbors being broken up into many weaker, squabbling states. Yinon envisioned Iraq broken into a Shiite south, a Sunni middle, and a Kurdish north, with other countries thereby destabilized along the same lines. Although the invasion of Iraq has been called an ongoing disaster for America, with troops unable to withdraw due to the threat of full-blown civil war, by another yardstick the invasion has been a resounding success. Sabrosky says that Iraq was never a threat to America, but it was certainly a threat to Israel, to the point of SCUD missiles already having been launched into Tel Aviv by Saddam during the first Gulf War.

Precious's picture



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McCain is such a nut job he took his own little kid to Vietnam for a tour of his old prison cell.

"Thanks a lot Dad.  That's my idea of a vacation all right.  You psycho, guilt-tripping prick."


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DaveyJones's picture

can we bomb The Keating 5 first?

imaginalis's picture

He should have been able to take his kid to see his prison cell right here in the US if the Keating Five were dealt with justly.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Strap his geriatric pansy ass into some Depends MILSPEC Flight Diapers, put him in a fighter jet, and let him show us how a Geniune War Hero® fights for freedom.

Go on, John, be a hero to your fellow war girls: Lindsay Graham will give you a BJ for courage, and if you make it back, Holy Joe Lieberman will see that you get that Israeli dual citizenship that you've always wanted.

Oh, and try not to crash any more planes, John.


The Big Ching-aso's picture



What a war-mongering douchewoggle.

Element's picture

Mossad Motto: "By Deception We Conduct War"

SAT 800's picture

Wow; this looney was the "other choice" in our Presidential Election. Why do they all have to be crazy or crooked as a can of snakes?

CompassionateFascist's picture

No. Assad regime is Shia. Ditto Iran, Iraq, Hezbollah in south Lebanon. Isramerica wants to cut supply line running from Tehran to Hezbollah. Part of run-in to IranWar itself.

Whoa Dammit's picture

It's amazing how people will vote for paranoid, truly insane old fruit balls like McCain, and consideed him a viable prez candidate in the past, but then refuse to back Ron Paul because "he's crazy".

I think there will be a lot of people in 2013 who will say "I shoulda voted for Ron Paul."

GOSPLAN HERO's picture

The Hanoi gooks scrambled McCain's brains.

Chariots of the Feds's picture

That's why I call him the Manchurian Candidate!

Chariots of the Feds's picture

That's why I call him the Manchurian Candidate!

NoClueSneaker's picture

Yupp, that turkey gobbles pretty loud ...


Lucius Cornelius Sulla's picture

Those Vietnam flashbacks keep coming.  Serious case of PTSD.  This guy is a total fucking loon of the General Jack Ripper variety.

Element's picture



With banks they proposed to solve the debt problems via dramatically increasing the debt and interest load = EPIC FAIL

With state internal conflicts they propose to solve a conflict that is none of their business via dramatically increasing the death and destruction via systematically destroying the country's ability to sustain itself = EPIC FAIL

What is really disturbing is that these arseholes always jump to bombing someone to solve a policical and social issue that actually can't be solved via bombs.

But the threshold to openly calling for the bombing of another country into oblivion as a supposedly serious political solution is drifting ever lower. 

It is so much easier to just say, "bomb them", and you won't even be disregarded as a lunatic, by the MSM or military.

This insane behaviour has now become so 'normalised' by the MSM, to a point that US foreign policy is increasingly just bomb-shit.  And if you just want to bomb shit slowly then use a drone on a secret mission over someone else's Sovereign territory, and act like it wasn't you all along. 

All the while pretending its a credible, viable and well-considered intelligent response and strategy, so they all talk like they care about those poor Syrians, and are everyone's Saviour and Guardian Angel.

With Saviours like these ...

CompassionateFascist's picture

McCain is a cipher. It's his Zionist minder, Lieberman.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

I wonder if he can think of a golden oldie that rhymes with bombing Syria?

Arthor Bearing's picture

To further my career-ia,
I shill for bombing Syria

max2205's picture

McCain needs an air strike up his ass...Lindsey?


Please AZ vote this stupid fuck out of office

falun bong's picture

How many wars would we be in now if this fascist had been elected. With a moose hunting ignorant Jesus freak Alaska housewife over his shoulder with her finger on the big red button.

earnyermoney's picture

Same number we're in right now with the current fascist occupant of the WH.

The Big Ching-aso's picture



Excusez-moi?   Lindsey Lohan up his ass?    Oh, you mean that other Lindsey with the gerebils. 

true brain's picture

falun bong. i'm dying laughing.

prole's picture

Rulon Dong I nail you as an obvious shill.

Your post agrees with the general ZH theme of the topic, but then throws in a super-commie statist meme (which you are a super leftist) and you attach your commie-meme to a ZH theme.

ie- McCain is a crazy fascist warmonger (OK we all agree on this non?) zip it in your post "Jesus Freek" oh I guess we are against Jesus and Jesus Freeks too??

No we are not. But you are a commie. I nailed you in one post on the other thread when you did the same thing getting all sappy about evolution = your religion evidently.

I nailed you in ONE POST. Go back where you came from Commie.

Precious's picture

Rulon Dong goes to bed fantisizing that Palin has her finger on her big red button.

That's what miserable, pathetic libs do.   

DaveyJones's picture

that's a bikini clad moose hunting ignorant Jesus freak Alaska housewife Falun. No better symbol for the land of freedom fries 

DosZap's picture

falun bong

How many wars would we be in now if this fascist had been elected

Same amount as Obama said he would get us out of? ya think?.

And as for fascist, spare me.

No one POTUS has destroyed the American system faster, and  more completely than the one we have.

AND if you think its bad now,IF he's re-elected, wait and see Part Deaux.'s picture

I wonder if he can think of a golden oldie that rhymes with bombing Syria?


With apologies to Van Morrison.


You know they're killing babies,
In every city and town,
We've got to go to war,
Let's carpet bomb the ground,
Or you know they'll come round here,
Just about midnight.
War makes me feel so good, Lord,
Makes me feel alright.

And we're bombing
Syria! Syria!
TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Mr Lennon Hendrix said:

I wonder if he can think of a golden oldie that rhymes with bombing Syria?

I'm thinking a jingle from a Geritol, Metamucil, or Depends commercial might be more appropriate for him.


Abitdodgie's picture

He just wants to attack Syria because he knows Iran will defend them and so he can say Iran struck NATO/America/Isreal first and so justify a war .

john39's picture

the zionist obsession with destroying Iran is forcing them to take increasingly obvious actions, revealing zionist puppets one after another as stooges that serve foreign masters and bankers rather than their own countrymen.  I would expect other politicians to join this bandwagon soon... along with a rash of MSM propganda about babies dying as incubators are turned off, executions of civilians etc.    we are well beyond collective insanity at this point.

BigJim's picture

For its 'book of the week', the BBC is broadcasting a reading of "Then They Came For Me", the story of an Iranian Journalist's imprisonment and torture for reporting news that wasn't favorable to the government there.

Still, it makes a change from the BBC's endless Holocaust-related documentaries and stories...

it's almost as if they want us think a certain way!

Greyhat's picture

They need to destroy Iranian radar systems in Syria and the IAF needs a more or less secure air space on their way to Iran.

NoClueSneaker's picture

They cut a deal with degenereted Saudis two years ago ... but there was McMullen who said to the Bibi : "Go ahead, and make my day ..."

Now they can do pretty much what they want.


TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Attention American military forces in the Persian Gulf area:

If you joined the service to fight for your country, please shoot down the Israeli planes when they make their move against Iran. We are counting on you. That is all. Thank you.


Dugald's picture

Come on America, you have not started a war in how many weeks? You guys are falling behind quota.  Now, you are not being fired.....but to illustrate your position, I'm loosening your flag on the wall map a get out there and war!

tahoebumsmith's picture

If McCain gets his wish Tyler better have that deer in the headlights picture ready.. I love the way they have slowly inched their way into this confrontation in order to warm the Sheeple up to the event that is now clearly going to happen. I still don't know what they intend to do about Russia and China that have vowed to support Syria and Iran and warned that any military strike on either country would be a mistake. I guess when your ponzi scheme is on its last leg you become desperate to find other ways to shift the attention elsewhere. I got this really bad feeling that we are possibly weeks away from something big... I hope i'm wrong however there isn't many other scapegoats left for the CRONIES to use to try and buy some more time as Europe and most of the Western world has backed themselves into a corner and are pretty much toast. I believe that any confrontation will be a failed attempt to save the petro dollar which has recently been under fire and is starting to lose its grip on the globe...When this happens, it's game over...

onthesquare's picture

i am sure that the Iranians can buy a Russian or North Korean or Pakistan or anybody elses nuke on ebay and have it delivered anywhere in the world as long as they have a paypal account.