Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Tuesday said that President Obama’s approach to the conflict in Syria makes him a lesser president than even Jimmy Carter.
McCain said that situation in Syria has become a regional conflict and that al Qaeda-affiliated groups have become involved.
“It is spreading throughout the region, and sooner or later it will affect the United States of America if you allow a place to become a base for al Qaeda,” he said. “We now have thousands of fighters of this — radical, extremist, al-Qaida affiliated people pouring in from all over the world into Syria, fighting against our guys, who are the good guys and also not doing much fighting against Bashar Assad.”
McCain also criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for working with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on international negotiations while Russia aids Bashar Assad in Syria. McCain said that Kerry and Lavrov are “buddy buddy and palsy-walsy.”
H/t Roll Call