U.S. Senator John McCain said on Wednesday, two days after meeting with rebels in Syria, that he is confident the United States can send weapons to fighters in Syria without the risk they will fall into the wrong hands.
"We can identify who these people are. We can help the right people," McCain said on CNN's program "Anderson Cooper 360."
McCain, a Republican, is an outspoken advocate for U.S. military aid to the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has angrily denounced Democratic President Barack Obama - McCain's opponent in his failed 2008 presidential race - for shying away from deeper U.S. involvement in the conflict, which has claimed 80,000 lives.Of course we'll be able to tell the people who just want to create an Islamist government from those who have pledged loyalty to al-Qaeda. It'll be a piece of cake, and then, of course we'll have no sectarian troubles as the different factions of the opposition contend for the upper hand. Or, maybe Sen. McCain just sees what he wants to see, and here, predictably, he sees a backdoor to war with Iran.
This would be a reason for many fairly sober-minded people to say "Let's give a Syrian adventure a miss", but McCain has always been special.
Luckily, McCain isn't responsible for our foreign policy; he does not learn from history. But we would be doomed to repeat it.
UPDATE: But no, really, he can tell who the good guys are.