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McCain hits Obama on Annan Syria 'failure'

2012-08-03 09:02

Washington - US Senator John McCain took a jab at the United Nations and President Barack Obama's administration on Thursday, saying Kofi Annan's Syria mission was "doomed to failure from the beginning".

While the White House blamed former UN chief Annan's resignation as UN-Arab League envoy on the refusal of Russia and China to back resolutions targeting Syrian President Bashar Assad, McCain said Washington and the United Nations should share the responsibility.

"It was doomed to failure from the beginning," McCain said of Annan's mission during a 14-minute Senate floor speech on the Syria crisis.

"It was motivated on the premise that somehow UN observers could come in and stand between the two fighting forces and totally ignore the fundamentals of this conflict," he said.

The Republican McCain, a national security hawk who ran unsuccessfully for the White House against Obama in 2008, said it was "ludicrous" for the president to rely on Russia, the key weapons provider for the regime in Damascus, to convince Assad to relinquish power.

"Isn't it foolish to base your policy and non-intervention on the belief that somehow a former secretary general of the United Nations' mission would succeed, when it was clear that the Syrian people were not going to be satisfied with the continuous barbarous regime of Bashar [Assad]?"

Call for rebel 'sanctuary'


Like the White House, McCain too slammed Russia and China for refusing to support the UN Security Council resolutions, but he said Washington must no longer be naive about the conflict, and further "failure of leadership" will cost lives.

For months, McCain has advocated arming the Syrian opposition forces, and he applauded Obama's reported signing on Wednesday of a covert document authorising US support for the rebels.

But Washington must do more, the senator said, including helping set up a "sanctuary" where rebels can train and build an opposition government.

"Why doesn't the president of the United States speak up for them? I've never understood that," he said.

"If we continue on this path of inaction, mass atrocities will continue to unfold in Aleppo and other places in Syria. We have the power to prevent this needless death, and advance our strategic interests in the Middle East at the same time."

Comments
  • afrikeni - 2012-08-03 09:45

    There you go - the last paragraph of the article says it all. It's all about the strategic benefits for USA in Middle East - not the smokescreen of democracy, human rights etc.Its all about exploiting other people's wealth - so USA is actually part of the major problem in this mess - not sweaky clean as they say on camera.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-03 10:35

      "The pretence of defending democracy and human rights is negated by history." Rev. Frank Chickane It was spreading civilisation and Christianity in the past centuries, today it is democracy and human rights, tomorrow it will be something else.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-03 12:27

      The Rev. Chikane is a non-entity

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-03 17:17

      Fidel, Please try to keep this site decent, and not insult sections of the SA populations This REV FRANK CHICKANE, the one with that slimy smile, was one of the main architects of Thabo Mbeki's 'hiv-aids' policy, the one that did costs the lives of tens of thousands of South Africans. Both, Thabo Mbeki and Frank Chickane, should stand trial for crimes against humanity !!

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-03 09:59

    Not a big fan of John Mc Cain, but his comments re Syria are spot on !! No nation should allow an (illegitimate) 'leader', to slaughter 'his own' people. It is not only the right, but the duty of other nations to interfere !!!

  • kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-08-03 10:01

    McCain seems oblivious to the fact that the Russians have major naval base in Syria. Any attack by NATO or the US on Syria would be deemed an act of war by that idiot Putin. The US instead of facing Syria would wind up at war with Russia. As for Mccain's naivety in expecting Russia to act against the Assad regime with whom they have a longstanding relationship, is mind blowing.

  • ronald.utenhage - 2012-08-03 10:23

    Poor McCain, once an idiot....Diplomacy must always be tried before your gon in GUNS ablazing!!!. Oh yes and for double standards? In Palestine fighters are terrorists, and Syria you arm them, support them, and hail them as rebels. PS- Assad is deaf, dumb and blind, much like Gadaffi and Saddam, because he had a glimpse into his demise and chose to ignore it.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-03 10:32

      Russia and China have been the ones keeping any chance of diplomacy alive, if it were up to America and co it would have been violence first, diplomacy when all else fails.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-03 13:39

      WRONG AGAIN !! Russia and China have kept the KILLING going, that's all !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-03 14:02

      Stop with the idiocy. My post to Ronald was both clear and concise, if you can't grasp the logic in my point there is little more I could say to illuminate you on the matter.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-03 17:08

      Fidel, Maybe you should learn to read ! My point = that ALL the Russians and Chinese have done == to keep the killings going, You want me to draw you a picture ????

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-03 17:25

      Mgoqi since when are China and Russia paragons of democracy?

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-03 10:30

    The fact that a country like the U.S.A. fields a gaggle of goons like this to compete for a premier position of leadership, is just plain embarrassing.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-03 12:30

      To whom Mgoqi?

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-08-03 18:16

    Why is this McCain still barking he is already one and a half feet deep in the grave just waiting on the day for him to fall over and start rotting and stinking not even the DEVIL wants him in HELL

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