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Sen. McCain: 'The red line has been crossed in Syria'

April 25th, 2013
05:12 PM ET

U.S. Senator John McCain tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that the United States must take action in Syria.

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  1. f russell

    Thank God, this dottering old fool did not get elected to a higher office. Another ignorant statement about intervention in areas that have zero USA interest. Let those tribal conflicts be resolved by the parties involkved , not be us, as Masters of the human race. C'mon John, read some history or better yet, just resign
    and go live on your ranch.

    April 25, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  2. salino333

    Seing this shine-holy Mr. McCain with his pity wanting to go to war and seeing US as superpower again, it is clear what he is going to say, what he shows publicly and pretend to stand for. He can never see that time has changed and that an intervention in Syria would absolutely shaken the political climate in this region probably for the worse. He is so blind that he can't see, that we need a world-community that stopps this civil violence and mass killing in Syria. America can't do this alone and taking the lead is something that means have to bear all the risk, all the costs, all the trouble with an escalating Middle East! I think it is wise, if the Obama administration is doubtful and wants to have further prove. On the other hand, I would like to see that the world community expecially of that region, the future of Syria and Mr. Assad is openly discussed. Not-acting for two years isn't an american problem, but one all involved groups must come to grips with.

    April 26, 2013 at 5:13 am | Reply
  3. NoTraitors

    That is not a man to give credence to. Unfortunately, he continues to help foster the state of corruption in Arizona and more largely, America. How does a man next to last in his class get into pilot training? Oh that's right, he had inside help, favorable treatment. Oh, and what makes someone a hero because they got shot down? Was that his reward for being incompetent? Because he was a lousy student, was he was also a lousy pilot? Did he get shot down because he was a poor pilot like he was as a poor student? What was the reason he didn't return earlier from Nam when he had the chance. By duty, he should have returned to supply intelligence data. There is plenty of firsthand eye witness accounts of his separate treatment. When he was there for the longer stay segment, did he see his opportunity for the "big hero" routine? Of course, look at him now, sold out as usual like most of the rest to the corporations, pure and simple, delusional like the cohorts he runs with. It goes deeper than that. There are plenty of true heroes. He is NOT one of them ...

    April 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Reply
    • rob

      McCain was accepted into the pilot program, and his many screw ups were overlooked because his father or grandfather is Admiral McCain. And during his training, he managed to crash 5 aircraft. He is also credited with causing the USS Forestal disater that killed so many american sailors. He executed a "wet start" on the aircraft he was assigned, which starts the engine with an excess of fuel which causes a large flame to come out the exhaust,( Like starting a flooded motorcycle) setting the aircraft behind him on fire and started the missle misfies. McCain is a complete fraud and a waste as a human being. And bare in mind, that Israel is the source that claims chemicals were use, and everyone already knows how much we can trust their intel, not!

      April 27, 2013 at 10:19 am | Reply
      • Fact Check

        Rob – Check your sources before you go making irresponsible posts. Criticizing elected officials is important in a democracy, but you should do so with a bit more honesty and integrity.

        April 28, 2013 at 7:19 am |
  4. rob

    I almost forgot, McCain was shot down because he made a low level pass over a target that had just been destroyed, which is never done because the target is already alerted and ready. Every combat pilot knows this rule, It's suicide to fly over the same target twice

    April 27, 2013 at 10:23 am | Reply
  5. Josaia Boselawa

    Intervention must be sactioned by the UN. It will not be a wise move if the USA acts on this without UN authorisation. The UN Security Council Must act on this syria issue. The syrian government has crossed a line if it is proven that they are using chemical weapons.It really is a game changer, you guys giving comments do not understand how the world works, weather its the middle east or asia or the pacific we leave in a world that is Intertwined, whatever happens in syria will have ripple effects on USA interests and the world at large.

    April 28, 2013 at 1:55 am | Reply
    • peter paul

      Russian intervention was sanctioned by the UN ? Iranian intervention was sanctioned by UN ? Of course not. Being Assad a Russian ally and had Russia vote power , un would never aprove armed intervention of any power in Syria. To wait for the approval of a body that would never approve anything its the same as doing nothing. The only thing that could be done now was creation of no fly zones in some parts of Syria but I doubt Trump is interested in that.

      April 5, 2017 at 11:28 am | Reply
  6. Dcam

    How many troops is America willing to let die and be maimed and psychologically damaged for this cause? Does it matter that its just another bottomless pit, a sectarian battle field? how can US involvement help in such countries – where do we look for successful examples? Reality testing is necessary!

    April 28, 2013 at 8:24 am | Reply
    • peter paul

      Sucesseful example was yoguslavia war . Clinton intervened and the war stopped. The price of no intervention is here to see. No US troops harmed but 600 thousand dead, one country destroyed, Europed flooded with refugees,Iran on the rise ,as well as Russia. Dangerous situation in Israel border where big war might start between hezbollah / Iran and Israel. American power and credibility shattered.

      April 5, 2017 at 11:53 am | Reply
  7. marty

    John "let's go to war" McCsin has crossed the line between sanity and senility. Time for him to hang up his ol' bayonet

    April 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  8. michael roache

    with the present state of the american economy,would't president Obama have to borrow more money from China before he could start another war?

    April 29, 2013 at 8:29 am | Reply
  9. peter paul

    Mc Cain ( contrary to Obama ) realized America should do something concerning Syria. The problem was too big to be ignored. Obama choose to do almost nothing . 5 years on , american empire on the midle east on the wane..,Russia rising as big power.., a coutry destroyed.,5 million refugees , 600 000 death. Europe flooded with refugees. Who was right back in 2011 ? Mc Cain or Obama that wanted to look the other way ?

    April 5, 2017 at 11:16 am | Reply
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