Sen. McCain Calls for U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

John McCain urges the U.S. to take action against President Assad
3:02 | 03/05/12

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Transcript for Sen. McCain Calls for U.S. Airstrikes in Syria
The president is characterized the president the prevention. Of mass atrocities as quote a core national security interest -- He has made at the objective the United States that the killing and Syria must stop. At a -- must go. He is committed the prestige and credibility of our nation to that goal and it is the right goal. However. It is not clear. That the present policy can succeed. If facade manages to cling to power. Or even if he manages to sustain -- slaughter for months to come. -- all human and geopolitical costs that entails. It would be a strategic and moral defeat for the United States. We cannot we must not. Allow this to happen. But this reason. The time has come for a new -- As we continue to isolate -- diplomatically and economically. We should work -- our closest friends and allies. To support opposition groups inside Syria. Both political. And military. It helped them organize themselves into a more cohesive. And effective force that can put an end to the bloodshed. And -- side and his loyalists to leave power. Rather than closing off the prospects for some kind of negotiated. Transition that is acceptable to the Syrian opposition. Foreign military intervention. Is now than necessary factor to reinforce this option. -- side needs to know that he will not win. What opposition groups and Syria need most urgency. Is relief from a size tank and artillery seizures. In the many cities that are still contested. Hans is lost for now but it live and how ma and -- share and Dara. And other cities in Syria. Could still be saved. But time is running -- Besides forces are on the march. Providing military assistance to the free Syrian army and other opposition groups is necessary. But at this late hour that alone. Will not be sufficient. To stop the slaughter and save innocent lives. Only realistic way to do so. -- with foreign air power. Therefore. At the request to the Syrian national council the free Syrian army and local coordinating committees inside the country. United States should lead an international effort. To protect key population centers in Syria. Especially in the north. -- air strikes on -- -- forces. To be clear. This will require the United States. To suppress enemy air defenses. In at least part of the country.

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