(WASHINGTON) — Never one to mince words about his disagreements with the White House over foreign policy, Sen. John McCain went on the offensive again on Monday to blast President Obama for failing to get the U.S. involved in the Syrian conflict.
The Arizona Republican who lost to Obama in the 2008 presidential race has been quick to call out the commander in chief for allowing rebel forces in Syria to be greatly outmanned and out-equipped by the national army.
However, Monday’s tirade reached new levels of acrimony even for McCain as he described the administration’s policies to remain on the sidelines as “feckless,” “disgraceful” and shameful.”
According to McCain, “Because of our feckless foreign policy, we now have the danger of chemical weapons being transported to Hezbollah.” On Monday, a Syrian government spokesman seemed to confirm the existence of chemical weapons but later explained he was only talking in hypotheticals.
The GOP lawmaker added, “The president does not believe in American exceptionalism and doesn’t want America to lead.”
In spite of his disagreement with Obama, McCain appeared to concur with the general sentiment of the White House that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will eventually have to step down. The U.S. is reportedly working with Israel and Turkey in preparing for that possible scenario.
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