McCain ‘partially blames’ Trump amidst confused signals

John McCain has been one of Donald Trump’s most prominent critics – largely since Trump attacked McCain during the presidential campaign.

McCain has fired again after the Syrian missile attack.

Politico: McCain: Trump administration ‘partially to blame’ for Syrian chemical attack

Republican Sen. John McCain said Sunday the Trump administration is at least partly to blame for Syria using chemical weapons against its own people.

“I think it probably was partially to blame. And Secretary [Rex] Tillerson basically saying the same thing after kind of contradicting himself and then saying the same thing argues vigorously for a plan and a strategy,” the Arizona senator said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “As I said, again, taking this action I support and was important.”

McCain said the Trump administration needs to have a more concrete strategy in dealing with Syria and shouldn’t treat Thursday’s U.S. missile strikes as a “one-time deal.” He emphasized that just going after chemical weapons ignores how large a problem Syria has become.

McCain also rejected a statement by Tillerson that the U.S. needs to prioritize defeating the Islamic State in Syria before trying to stabilize the country. McCain said the U.S must also be concerned about other reported war crimes by the Assad regime, such as using barrel bombs and starving thousands of prisoners.

There have been many atrocities in Syria during the ongoing civil war – but it’s far more than a civil war, with a lot of international meddling.

“So there’s a lot of war crimes that are taking place. And another aspect of this that I do not agree with the secretary is that you have to just concentrate on ISIS,” McCain said. “We can walk and chew gum.”

McCain is not the only one who appears to reject Tillerson’s advice, with very mixed messages continuing.

CNN reports US envoy Nikki Haley says Syria regime change is ‘inevitable’

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has told CNN that removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power is a priority, cementing an extraordinary U-turn in the Trump administration’s stance on the embattled leader.

Two days after the US launched military strikes on a Syrian airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack widely blamed on the Assad regime, Haley said Assad’s departure was inevitable.

But before Tuesday’s chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, which killed 89 people, Haley had said toppling Assad was not a priority. President Donald Trump, before his election, described fighting ISIS and seeking Assad’s removal at the same time as “idiocy.”

Claims of idiocy have morphed into actual confused flip flip idiocy.

14 Comments

  1. artcroft

     /  April 10, 2017

    “Claims of idiocy have morphed into actual confused flip flip idiocy.”

    Gosh! It looks like Trump had no idea what he was talking about during the campaign. I’m shocked.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 10, 2017

      So am I !!! I didn’t see THAT coming, did you ?

  2. David

     /  April 10, 2017

    Bloody quagmire but Trump is right in that it is idiocy to remove Assad and fight the same people he is fighting, ISIS. The world has seen and is seeing what happens when you remove a strong man in the middle east so a least worse consensus is leave Assad and the Russians are doing what the Iraqi,s and coalition troops and lets all hope its swiftly concluded.
    McCain is always far too keen to go to war and thankfully the US voters had the good sense to let him nowhere near the WH with Palin in tow. McCain provided senate support for Syrian rebels who then joined forces with ISIS, meddling old fool.

    • Gezza

       /  April 10, 2017

      Totally agree. McCain is just away with the fairies on this. He seems totally unaware the last time the US tried to run two wars at the same time they ended up screwing the entire region up & they still haven’t really won either war yet. They might be able to ‘walk & chew gum at the same time’ but some of them might be wearing blindfolds.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 10, 2017

    McCain has got a mountain-sized chip on his shoulder from previous spats with Trump, plus losing his presidential race where Trump won. He doesn’t seem to have much Republican support now.

    I don’t see much problem with Trump offering Putin cooperation to see what he did and then reacting appropriately when Putin’s puppet pulled a dirty.

    • Gezza

       /  April 10, 2017

      Putin & Rouhani are requesting an independent investigation into the sarin. What’s wrong with that? How do we know who’s actually pulled the dirty? America’s generals & admirals are always itching to play with their toys.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  April 10, 2017

        Nothing wrong with it now Assad has been clipped around the ears. Time wasting prevarication from the Russians can go on in the background just as they did for MH17 while Obama did nothing.

  4. Zedd

     /  April 10, 2017

    I see on Al-Jz that the Russians have sent a WAR-ship with missiles onboard, to the Syrian coast.. a Russian-American ‘Mexican standoff’ ? look out

    • Gezza

       /  April 10, 2017

      El Trumpo vs El Honcho?

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 10, 2017

        DT told us that he and VP were great friends, so THAT story can’t be true, Zedd. Yeah, right. Orange Man speaks with forked tongue.

  5. Kitty Catkin

     /  April 10, 2017

    Suddenly the Mars one way flights don’t seem such a terrible idea.

  6. It is Iran that is the problem. They have the fanatic troops available in the Revolutionary Guards totally committed to the Shia interpretation of Islam. The sort of image I have is similar that i recall from the Bushido and Kamikaze influence during WW2. Russia needs to think very hard about its real position. If they insist on a confrontation with the West, we face an entirely different future that will be largely controlled by the East. China and India will be decisive but Pakistan will follow the jihad route.
    Time for the referee to blow the whistle and declare half time so each side can think first before they act.
    When you think about WW2, it started during an assassination in the Balklans (?) that resounded around the world. Now it is a Sarin Gas attack, that was noiseless.
    In Egypt, ISIS is attacking Christians and in NZ SBW refuses to wear a BNZ logo because it upsets his Islamic sensibilities! Sorry people, I have another of the headaches coming on so I will have a wee lay down?

    • Gezza

       /  April 10, 2017

      WW1 started with the assassination in the Balkans, Bj.
      WW2 started with Dolphy’s waltz into Poland.
      Just saying.

      • Blazer

         /  April 10, 2017

        ‘Having thought about it, he realised also that the world was beginning to gang up on him, so the next day, 1 April, his CONSIDERED reaction was this: ‘if they expect Germany to sit patiently by while they create satellite States and set them against Germany, then they are mistaken’. This is fair enough, actually, because that is exactly what Chamberlain was trying to do. And Poland was preparing to resist Hitler, and had started mobilising its army – Hitler stated that this broke Poland’s non-aggression pact with Germany [see note below]. On April 3 Hitler issued a directive to his armies – entitled ‘Case White’ – stating that he wished to ‘destroy Polish military strength and create in the East a situation which satisfies the requirements of national defence’. In this document, he set the date for ‘Case White’ – ‘any time from 1 September 1939 onward.’ – and told the Werhmacht to draw up a timetable.’

        Britain declared war on Germany of course.

        ‘The Polish Corridor and Posen had been given to Poland in 1919, and Danzig had been declared a free city administered by the League of Nations. Hitler first asked Poland to consider the position of Danzig in October 1938, immediately after Munich, and in March 1939, Hitler demanded that he be given Danzig (this was the pattern he had followed with Austria and the Sudetenland’.

        ‘The reason Hitler gave was that the Poles were persecuting those Germans who lived in Poland. (There was some truth in this.)’….so there are many reasons/excuses for Germanys invasion.