Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has indicated that regime change is no longer the official policy regarding Syria, where embattled President Bashar Al-Assad is fighting a civil war against ISIS and other Islamist factions. This is a serious departure in policy from the Obama/Hillary/Neocon doctrine of nation-building and extreme militarism, and Sen. John McCain is far from pleased.
Although the Trump Administration is boosting drone strikes in the Middle East and actually has boots on the ground in Syria, that is not enough to satisfy McCain’s longing for war. In addition to the Trump regime furthering America’s overseas presence, McCain demands aggressive belligerence toward the Syrian regime as well.
“Trying to fight ISIS while pretending that we can ignore the Syrian civil war that was its genesis and fuels it to this day is a recipe for more war, more terror, more refugees, and more instability,” McCain said in a statement.
Although Assad is widely regarded the main cog in the region keeping ISIS from taking even more power, McCain still wants him disposed for reasons unknown. McCain was a massive proponent of the wars in Iraq and Libya where the toppling of secular dictators Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi created a power vacuum resulting in radical Islamists being emboldened. McCain is apparently ready to triple-down on the policies that have already caused so much needless calamity in the region.
In February, McCain met with foreign leaders such as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as he toured northern Syria. All three governments are indisputably responsible for a litany of human rights violations. McCain has never clarified why he feels these leaders are legitimate while Assad is not.
“We are sure Assad finds McCain’s panic attacks amusing, as Syria and Russia continue to obliterate the US senator’s ISIS army,” commenter Alex Christoforou said in a The Duran report about McCain’s struggles.