“I’m worried that the president and the administration will use the caveats as an excuse to not act right away or to not act at all,” he told Fox News. “The president clearly stated that it was a red line and that it couldn’t be crossed without the United States taking vigorous action.”link
John McCain has never met a Middle Eastern country he wasn't eager to invade. Old men and their wars that young men, and now women, have to fight.
Look, what is happening in Syria is awful. War is always awful, especially those of the civil sort. But the civil war in Syria has nothing to do with the United States. We are not involved. It is none of our business. Other nations, like Turkey and Iran or the other nations surrounding Syria, may have their own reasons to get involved in resolving Syria's civil war. That is for those nations to figure out. If the UN decides to get involved in the conflict, then they can very well send in their own peacekeepers if they want. That is for them to figure out. This is NOT a global conflict. WW2 was a global conflict. This is a internal, and perhaps regional conflict. We have no borders or treaty allies at risk in that region.
I'm sick and tired of the United States using military force to try and resolve political and armed conflicts in the Middle East. I don't care if we have 100% rock solid, video taped evidence of the Syrian regime using chemical weapons. Chemical weapons suck, but that is not our problem. Our national security is not at risk in Syria. There is no reason for us to get involved because none of what is happening there is any of our business.
Again, I'm quite sure the American people have nothing but the purest empathy for the plight of innocent civilians in Syria. Nobody wants to see people killed, forced from their homes, or their lives destroyed by war. War of any kind is always bad. But the American people are also plenty sick and tired of getting involved in costly foreign entanglements. As much as the neoconservatives and military "humanitarians" feel like the purpose of the U.S. military is to go around the world resolving other people's problems, this is wrong. Or spreading freedom at the point of a gun. No, that's wrong too. The purpose of America's military is defend America, its TREATY allies, and its interests from direct attack. (Here's the list of nations we're obligated to defend.) We've seen the mistake of stretching the idea of "defense" and "interests" to include resolving internal conflicts in nations with which we have little to no historical, cultural or economic ties. Or more importantly, a ratified collective defense treaty.
No matter how nasty it gets, tell the Washington establishment that the American people will not tolerate an American war in Syria.