McCain Calls For More Than Airstrikes In Syria

On Friday, President Trump directed the U.S. military to conduct an airstrike to destroy the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons research, development and production capabilities. After France, the United Kingdom and the US struck the Syrian chemical weapons infrastructure in a late night campaign, Sen. John McCain called for more.

McCain, who is known for his extremely hawkish stand, praised Trump for ordering airstrikes in Syria. “I applaud the president for taking military action against the Assad regime for its latest use of chemical weapons, and for signaling his resolve to do so again if these heinous attacks continue,” McCain said in a statement.

“To succeed in the long run, we need a comprehensive strategy for Syria and the entire region,” continued McCain. “The president needs to lay out our goals, not just with regard to ISIS, but also the ongoing conflict in Syria and malign Russian and Iranian influence in the region. Airstrikes disconnected from a broader strategy may be necessary, but they alone will not achieve U.S. objectives in the Middle East.”

“I hope these strikes impose meaningful costs on Assad,” concluded McCain. “The message to Assad must be that the cost of using chemical weapons is worse than any perceived benefit, that the United States and our allies have the will and capability to continue imposing those costs, and that Iran and Russia will ultimately be unsuccessful in protecting Assad from our punitive response.”

“We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents,” Trump said on Friday evening.


  1. Gee, wonder who write that tweet for him? John, for God’s sake please retire now. But no…… got to wait till after May don’t you so that Doushy can appoint a Senator and not give the people a chance to vote on your replacement. Typical arrogant bastard, right John?

  2. Chemical weapons = cowards. Cruise missiles launched outside of nation being attacked = cowards. Death = Death either way.

  3. Three questions: 1) Was not Agent Orange a chemical weapon? Napalm? 2) Who appointed the U.S. cops of the world? 3) Isn’t the concept of “rules of war” ludacris — it’s okay to slaughter people this way but not that way? As Mr. Jones notes — death either way.

  4. Punish for using chemical weapons, but don’t go beyond that. We really need to be out of Syria, and if we are going to be a presence anywhere in the Middle East, let’s make sure Israel is able to keep the wolves at bay.

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