Tuesday, September 10, 2013

McCain & Graham Seize on ‘Peace’ Initiative to Push War

Senators claim promise to give up chemical weapons should encourage Congress to authorize attack on Syria

Paul Joseph Watson
September 10, 2013

Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have seized upon a potential path to peace – Syria giving up its chemical weapons – and managed to turn it into an avenue for war.

Reacting to Russia’s proposal to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control and then have them destroyed, Graham and McCain swiftly cited the development as an incentive for Congress to authorize air strikes.

“Today’s development should make Members of Congress more willing to vote yes,” McCain and Graham said in a joint statement. “This will give the President additional leverage to press Russia and Syria to make good on their proposal to take the weapons of mass destruction out of Assad’s hands.”

The move represents a last ditch gambit to secure congressional authorization for what amounts to open ended war, a green light that otherwise looks doomed, with the latest whip count showing that less than 10% of the House supports Obama’s resolution for a strike on Syria.