John McCain, who has no problem with people slipping into the United States, now emulates them by sneaking into Syria to meet with rebel leaders. The Islamic extremist rebels boldly informed McCain they want the U.S. to provide arms, a no-fly zone, and strikes on Hezbollah. Syria is in the midst of a bloody civil war in which an estimated 80,000 lives have been lost, many through the government’s use of chemical weapons.
Last year McCain said it was “embarrassing that the United States of America refuses to show leadership and come to the aid of the Syrian people.” The rebels are engaged in military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.
There appears to be no winning side (graphic video) in this ongoing violence. The leader of the al-Nusra Front, a jihadist group fighting in Syria, has pledged allegiance to the leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri. A Reuters report providing background can be read here.
But is the ubiquitous McCain the man to be acting as intermediary? As far back as 2008 while running for the presidency, he was having trouble keeping his extremists straight. In this case, Sen. Joe Lieberman had to whisper the correction in his ear, after McCain declared that Iranian operatives were “taking al-Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back” — despite the fact that Iran is a Shiite nation and al Qaeda are Sunni fighters.