McCain Knows Less About the Syrian Civil War than You Do


Do you know what’s troubling? A top United States Senator went to Syria, met with Syrian Jihadists and showed that he knows less about the conflict than anyone reading this site.

In an Anderson Cooper interview, Senator McCain claimed, “We can identify who these people are. We can help the right people.” And who does he think the right people are?

McCain said such radical fighters make up only a small part of the rebels forces. For example, he said, Syria’s Islamist al-Nusra Front, identified as an alias of al Qaeda in Iraq, accounts for only about 7,000 of the 100,000 fighters battling the government of Assad.

“Every single day, more and more extremists flow in… “They’re flowing in all the time, these extremists. But they still do not make up a sizeable portion,” the Arizona senator said.

McCain said he was escorted during his visit on Monday by General Salem Idris, leader of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army, and that he had a long meeting with Idris and a group of his battalion commanders.

The Al Nusra Front had repeatedly fought alongside with and coordinated operations with the Free Syrian Army. Salem Idris, whom he just met with, is on the record as defending the Al Nusra Front.

“All rebels are fighting to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad, and before we designate anybody or accuse anyone of being a terrorist we should tell what they have done to terrorize others,” the Free Syrian Army military command’s Brigadier General Salim Idris, told al-Jazeera television. “Not everyone wearing a beard is an extremist.”

“They are not terrorists,” he said of the Nusra Front.

Recently Idris has changed his tune, but it’s safe to say that his original position is the real one. The FSA remains closely aligned with Al Qaeda and even the enthusiastic supporters at the New York Times have bowed to reality and admitted, “Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of.”

That’s not somewhere. That’s nowhere. And if you’re reading this right now, you’re more qualified to be a United States Senator dealing with the question of whether to arm the Syrian militias than John McCain is.

  • General P. Malaise

    mccain did the same thing in libya. the old man is a fool, he is working for obama. .

  • Anamah

    Do you think he's cleaning the American fingerprints over there? When he and the rest of the Rhinos reacted against Michele Bachmann, he "transpired" in Congress how committed were them to protect the BM infiltration. It seems to me than he and his accomplice distract to prevail…

  • Texas Patriot

    Perhaps it is troubling, but it should not be surprising. America has been flying blind in the war against Islamic jihadism for the last forty years. Why should anything be different now? The Official Position of the Republican Party is that there are "moderate Muslims" and "extremist Muslims", and we should support the moderate Muslims against the extremist Muslims. Why? Because the moderates want us to, and they are funding our political party with hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions. Money talks in Washington, so of course we "like" the moderates. The extremists aren't paying us any money, so of course, we "don't like" the extremists. Clear enough?

  • AdinaK

    Simply put, McCain hearts with the Brotherhood Mafia, and this is why he is championing their cause. They are the "rebels", as are Al Qaeda offshoots. This is McCain's true perspective –

    This is th elong and short of it.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • Texas Patriot

    The truth of it is that America's leading politicians have lost their way, and McCain is a prime example of someone who should understand what's going on in the middle east, but obviously doesn't. McCain long ago lost his sense of right and wrong, and now he just likes war, and so do his political sponsors. And it's probably just as simple as that. Any war will do, so long as he's getting paid for it. The more wars we have, the more he gets paid, and the more he likes it. It is absurd to see a 76 year old man running around the world frothing at the mouth and barely able to contain his joy at the prospect of another war? Well, yes, it is. But unfortunately, that's something we've come to expect from John McCain.

    • SimonR

      McCain never had his way — he is a war hero that turned into an old fool. I voted for him only because the alternative was worse.

      • Glenn

        Amen Brother.

  • SimonR

    McCain is an old fool. He is a war hero that turned into an old fool. I voted for him only because the alternative (i.e., Obama) was worse.

    • Glenn

      I know the feeling. I had to hold my nose when I voted for him too.

  • kriskxx

    I'm with Mark Levin on this one, "McCain has done more damage to this country," rant (meaning McCain's declining years, I assume) Do these politicians go off on their own journeys, or are they asked to go to these countries? Who gave permission. It was Memorial Day, what was he doing rubbing elbows with the terrorist in Syria? What timing! While I'm on a rant, I am also,sick of these talk host slamming the callers that are upset with McCain, with an "out" statement of John being a war hero.. So was my dad and he couldn't stand McCain, rest his soul and service during WWII the greatest generation!

  • Indioviejo

    Once people get elected (Or not) they become coached by our foreign policy so called experts in the State Department. Then the CIA does its thing and voila, we get our Potsdam and Yaltas'. Our government pushed out Batista, Somoza, and the Shah of Iran. We sided armed and supported the Communist Tito in Yugoslavia during WWII, instead of the Democratic resistance. How about Morsi instead Mubarak? There is a History of doing the WRONG thing against American interest, and this is the only constant that I can see coming out of our government.

  • SoCalMike

    Im so sick of hearing Jihad John McCains voice and seeing his face.
    He overdrew the war hero account years ago yet Republicans like Hewett and Medved still kiss up to this sorry clown sellout.

  • jamboy3

    My Dad (A WW2 vet in Patton's 3rd Army) used to say that "just because you get old doesn't necessarily make you wise…correct thinking and the correct worldview does…".
    While I respect McCain's service….it shouldn't stop us from judging his words and actions as incorrect and misguided. He is not a help for conservatism. He is the type of Republican that hinders true conservatives and is a promoter of more government over-reach. He should go home and leave us alone.

  • matt

    Sadly this shows the failure of the Iranian strategy and the whole diplomacy and sanction policy. So one Iran sanction start out small and limited against certain actors to pressure a change. It fails so they are expanded and expanded. So that is to force a change of behavior by pressure on the regime by the civil population a potential uprising. So even if they rise up they get no help, the regime continues so you end up with a DPRK messed up economically put still in power and nuclear armed.