McCain attacks Obama on Syria: “It did not have to be this way”

Republican Senator John McCain delivers a harsh criticism of President Barack Obama’s Syria policy on the Senate floor.

WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 30, 2015) (SENATE TV) – Republican Senator John McCain delivered a harsh criticism of President Barack Obama’s Syria policy on the Senate floor on Wednesday (September 30).

“It is tragic, it is tragic my fellow Americans that we have reached this point,” he said.

“But, this is the inevitable consequence of hollow words, red lines crossed, tarnished moral influence, leading from behind and a total lack of American leadership,” he added.

Earlier on Wednesday, Russia launched air strikes in Syria in the Kremlin’s biggest Middle East intervention in decades, but Moscow’s assertion that it had hit Islamic State was immediately disputed by the United States and rebels on the ground.

The air strikes plunged the four-year-old civil war in Syria into a volatile new phase as President Vladimir Putin moved forcefully to assert Russian influence in the unstable region. The attacks also raised the dangerous specter of Washington and Moscow running air strikes concurrently and in the same region, but without coordination.

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