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-- Amateur video out of Syria -- to show Israeli airstrikes on military targets near Damascus.
If so it is the second Israeli strike inside Syria in three day.
This comes one week after President Obama walked back threats of our red line if the Asad regime use chemical weapons.
We want to discuss all this with Senator John McCain one of the GOP's leaders on national security and senator welcome back.
Thank you Chris what can you tell us about the Israeli airstrikes first Thursday night Friday morning and then a much more expensive airstrike overnight.
-- -- they have the Syrians and Iranians have crossed a red line.
The Israelis and that means that weapons that have advanced nature probably missiles.
Have been moved from Iran into Syria with intentions of moving them to Hezbollah.
The whole -- is escalating issue -- May have noticed the leader of Hezbollah committed to helping Bashar Asad the conflict spilling over into Lebanon and Jordan.
The whole situation is becoming.
More and more expansive and unfortunately.
The Red Line that the president United States written was apparently written in disappearing ink well.
I was gonna ask it when you look at this escalation and the increased involvement -- strikes and three guys by Israel.
What does that say about what the Obama administration should.
Well -- Obama administration should the I think cognizant of what George Shultz our former great secretary of state once told me when he was in the Marine Corps -- -- privilege darker tone should never point a weapon at someone -- -- -- of poetry here.
The president United States said there was clear red lines of red lines -- -- in the view of mosques that have been crossed.
And he has failed to act firstly never -- -- red -- second while the red lines -- green light.
Two -- aside to do anything short of that.
If chemical weapons are terrible but isn't pretty terrible when you should -- scud missiles against your own people.
Where you -- occur over 70000 people drive -- million -- -- refugee camps those seemed.
Those seem to have been acceptable to this administration and that's deplorable and what -- -- think the message is when Israel is acting.
And the US is not.
I think that it will probably put more pressure on this administration.
But what I -- things I worry about is incremental.
I saw this in the Vietnam War incremental escalation.
We need to -- have -- -- game changing action and that is no American boots on the ground.
Establish a safe zone and to protect it and -- of supply weapons to the right people.
In Syria who were who are fighting four.
Obviously the things we believe in every day that goes by.
Hezbollah increases their influence and they -- me the radically jihadist flow into.
Syria in the situation becomes.
More and more tenuous now.
It in the wake of the rat line and the alleged use of chemical weapons the administration.
Says it is now rethinking.
Arming the -- Well I hope they aren't I also hope the chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Lewis testified repeatedly.
These air defenses that these Syrians have are so tough and we would have separate.
These really seem to be able to penetrate it fairly easily.
-- they have learned about some of our military some of our military leaders they don't want to do something they can and then lots of ways.
Not to do it the fact is we are capable of taking out there -- on the ground with cruise missiles crate during their runways.
Where all of these supplies by the way from Iran and Russia are coming in by a year.
And we could obviously also -- with the use of patriot missiles to -- A certain circumscribed area and to and to the -- somehow -- the United States America can't do that.
Means we've -- a hell of a lot of taxpayers' dollars.
Senator you just heard are very spirited discussion about that Gaza in the last segment two months ago you called this a quote your words massive -- -- by the Obama administration.
My question is.
Cover up of -- clearly there were serious destruction ms.
judgments made particularly about.
The security situation in Gaza before the attack but.
Do you believe that that either President Obama our Secretary Clinton or any of the other top officials did something wrong.
I think -- and -- are guilty of crimes of omission rather than culmination.
Don't forget this is the height of a presidential campaign and the whole narrative by the Obama campaign was that al-Qaeda is done war's over.
Everything's fine the tide of wars is receiving.
So that we we start with the talking points -- -- discussed previously.
Obviously knew those -- not only wrong now we know that recently in the last few days that some of those who were active members of al-Qaeda.
And then of course she moved to the fact that that the survivors were moved to Germany.
And -- never interviewed whenever we could that could have resolved all of these issues as to who was behind it whether it was a spontaneous demonstration or not.
And as Secretary Rice may have told you a very different story.
If they'd have just gotten facts from those people who are survivors we still don't know the names of those people we still don't know exactly what happened there.
There's so many unanswered questions I say there.
Airs and sins of omission because the families of those four brave Americans deserve to know.
I want to ask you one other aspect of this this week.
Eight months after Ben Ghazi the FBI puts out a notice that shows the pictures you can see -- right here of three.
People three -- it says were allegedly in the compound on the ground in Ben -- during the attack.
How do you explain the fact and and the FBI's asking for information.
He -- the fact it took a.
I don't this is another reason why we need in my view select committee to review all of this Republican and Democrat along the lines of Iran Contra.
Or others we need to select committee to get to the bottom of all -- whether that'll happen or not I don't know but.
Is it incredible all this time later there's so many unanswered questions.
I want to ask you about that you were quoted recently as saying there's.
You called for a -- select committee both tonight out of the same committee are two separate ones both and Ben Ghazi and also in the Boston bombings.
And and and like it.
I don't -- well and the bus bombing I think we need a full and thorough investigation I haven't yet called for it.
First select committee but on that although that certainly might be helpful because.
These things are not disconnected.
To some of these things that are have a lot when asked about that because when you called for that at least the ball was into it called for health and bank Gaza and -- you said.
Because people do not trust.
The president is -- a little harsh I think they do not trust the information that they are getting and I think of majority of American people according to polling.
Don't believe that and they need to have in these answers how did this young man.
Who supposedly was under humanitarian.
-- go back to the country.
That he was supposed to be and not able to to live -- why is it that only the Department of Homeland Security knew when he left and nobody seemed to know when he came back because -- quote.
And this whole issue of the -- overstating the leases 40% of the people who are in this country illegally.
Are not because -- crossed our borders illegally but because -- overstayed their leases shouldn't we have pre procedures to.
Also tracked down as we enforce our borders that we track down those people as well and enforce the laws of what went.
When visas expire people should leave.
That's that's that a whole thing by the way on that immigration reforms we should be looking at some of these issues as well and how.
We practice our immigration laws as well as pass.
I wanna I wanna pick up on this question of Boston and another issue because as soon as Joseph -- are and I have the younger brother.
Was arrested in the Boston bombings view and Lindsey Graham we're very clear you said he needs to be treated as an enemy combatant.
He needs not to get his Miranda rights because we need to get the intelligence on them.
But President Obama and some of -- top officials including -- secretary of Homeland Security have persisted.
In talking up about this as just two Brothers acting alone take a look.
Dangerous that we now face our self radicalized individuals.
Authority here in the United States.
In some cases may not be part of any kind of network.
Because of whatever warped twisted.
Ideas they may have may decide to carry on the fact.
Senator why do you think the president and his people are pushing -- narrative in his hands of the investigation.
I don't know except and it's unfair to the American people there are many questions -- what did this young man do when he came back went back to Russian was here for extended period of time.
What was the Internet activity or why didn't we know we -- there.
His -- Internet activities why did we ignore apparently the -- so the Russians even though they didn't.
Repeat the warnings or give us additional information fact that they warned us I think should have have demanded additional scrutiny.
And whether they are.
We should assume.
Nothing we should assume that we need a thorough and complete investigation.
And to say all of a sudden just as they did about -- guys see that this was spontaneous.
That to assume that this was all homegrown is an assumption that I don't think we have the facts to make.
Finally I got a minute left.
The president says he wants to go back to congress to try to find a way to close one time.
Guantanamo is not necessary.
To keep America safe.
It is expensive.
It is a recruitment tool for extremists.
It -- because.
Back in 2009 when the president in his first full day sign the bill to close Guantanamo you supported.
Him in that notion.
I -- do what are what would it take -- -- -- I don't plan that they have presented and by the way about.
Of those who have been released from Guantanamo.
Have gone back into the fight.
And it in leadership position so we really will have to be very careful about that.
The fact is there has been no coherent plan presented to the congress United States as to how we do dispose.
Of these individuals and one of them is not.
To send them back into the fight where they can kill more Americans Senator McCain we're gonna leave it there thank you so much for coming in -- -- are always a pleasure to talk with you thank you.
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