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Sun Jun 2, 2013, 01:08 PM

 

McCain: Assad Has "Upper Hand" In Syrian Civil War

(CBS News) As the Syrian civil war rages on, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," what's unfolding is "unfortunately a battlefield situation where [President] Bashar Assad now has the upper hand - and it's tragic - while we sit by and watch."

Last week McCain secretly visited the war-torn country to meet with some of the rebel forces taking on Assad, and stepped up his pressure on President Obama to provide them with arms. On Sunday, he called the opposition "very tough - they're battle-hardened. They're very dedicated. They are not al Qaeda; they are not extremists."

"We have some very strong and good people who are fighting for freedom and are being massacred as we speak," McCain said. "And remember all this talk we've had in the past year or two: It's inevitable that Bashar Assad will fall? Well I think we can't make that statement today.

"... Hezbollah has now invaded, the Iranians are there, Russia is pouring weapons in," he went on. "And anyone that believes that Bashar Assad is going to go to a conference in Geneva when he is prevailing on the battlefield, it's just ludicrous to assume that."

The administration has shied away from escalating its response to the ongoing violence in Syria, despite hotly debated evidence that chemical weapons were used there in the past few months. Mr. Obama has insisted he will not act on anything less than categorical evidence, making repeated allusions to the inaccurate information that drew the United States into the Iraq War.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Jun 2, 2013, 01:14 PM

1. Grumpy old man is probably correct in his assessment of the situation.

 

The Syrian government and its allies are grinding up the rebels.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 2, 2013, 01:51 PM

2. Unfortunately the grumpy old man doesn't know who he was meeting with in Syria.

So is information is unreliable.

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Sun Jun 2, 2013, 01:55 PM

3. any chance to get america in another war....

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