The senators, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, both Republicans, laid out a series of diplomatic, humanitarian and military aid proposals that would put the United States squarely behind the effort to topple President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. The senators, both of whom are on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that rebel fighters deserved to be armed and that helping them take on the Syrian government would aid Washington’s effort to weaken Iran.
Syria relies on Iran for financial and military support, and the governments in Damascus and Tehran have sectarian ties as well: Iran has strongly backed the Syrian Shiite minority and the offshoot Alawite sect that makes up Syria’s ruling class.
Why won't these two old freaks retire? John McCain should never have been heard from again after Republican voters told him to sit down and shut up in 2000. Lindsey Graham, an appalling figure, has repeatedly expressed his hatred of white bourgeois America. Neither man has any conception of what is going on over there. The Syrian uprisings are Sunni militants funded by Turks and Gulf Arabs who want the Sufis and Alawites disappeared and the Christians driven to the US and Europe. There are numerous tribal and sectarian alliances and conflicts in the Middle East that Americans cannot fathom. We have no business sticking our nose in that dogfight.