Senator John McCain called on Monday for US air strikes on Syria, stating that military assistance to the Free Syrian Army and other resistance groups would be necessary in the long-term.
He added that these measures, though, would not be enough to protect Syrian citizens against the actions of Bashar al-Assad’s brutal regime.
McCain has been criticized in the past for his unethical relationship with Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, once tweeting about an evening spent with the man, "Late evening with Col. Qadhafi at his “ranch” in Libya—interesting meeting with an interesting man."
A ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, McCain explained that the goal of the US government should now be “to stop the slaughter and save innocent lives,” which he says can only be accomplished with superior air power.
While much of the senator’s voting record lies in accordance with the Republican Party—from sanctions on Iran to a completed presence in the Middle East—this recent advocacy of air strikes on Syria is a serious split from other GOP leaders.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-O.H.) committed himself on Tuesday to speaking out against what he deemed a “premature” involvement in the complex Syrian sphere, instead stating that the US government should wait for a “clear direction” to arise before any consideration is given to air forces.
In the meantime, as covert videos reveal new footage of Syrian military hospitals torturing of patients with chains and electrical cables, UN humanitarian affairs chief Valerie Amos announced on Monday her allowance into the conflict-torn country.
Amos will arrive in Syria on Wednesday for a three-day trip, where she will evaluate potential human rights violations. Over 7,500 citizens have died due to the Assad administration’s crackdowns on protestors. Her findings will undoubtedly affect how the US government proceeds now that a recent poll has depicted 57 percent of likely voters as having no interest in involving themselves with the Syrian-based civil war.