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So let's bring in now one of the staunchest advocates of military intervention in Syria a key player in determining whether or not congress authorizes the president.
To use military force Arizona Senator John McCain a former presidential nominee in ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
You voted on the foreign relations committee in favor of of this use of force resolution you say you want to.
Change the military equation on the battlefield are you confident that a military strike we'll actually accomplish that.
I think -- giving sufficient support to the Free Syrian Army will have a great effect not one weapon has come from the United States for America to enhance -- the Free Syrian Army meanwhile the plane load -- -- arms -- have the most sophisticated kind coming in from Russia.
From -- ran 5000 Hezbollah on the ground the Iranian revolutionary guard.
So certainly the momentum unfortunately.
Favors Bashar -- And everybody acknowledges the only way -- -- we'll leave in -- negotiated settlement is if you think she's gonna lose so.
That's that's very important but let me just start up -- and I understand the skepticism of my colleagues and I am going to be having town hall meetings here today and tomorrow.
And not my constituents are very skeptical they're burned by the Iraq experience.
They are very very concerned about this and they're going to have to be convinced.
And so we've got an -- a battle here but I also think at the end of the day the option of doing nothing.
In the face of the use of chemical weapons something that has been outlawed since World War I.
Because the harsh of World War I is something that we'll give Americans pause.
Would you advocated because you just talked about arming the Free Syrian Army would you advocate a plan.
In which we.
-- -- significant amounts of significant weaponry to the Free Syrian Army and don't undertake some kind of a cruise missile or other attack.
No I think it I think the president is correct in in that we have to respond to.
The use of chemical weapons although I would point how we didn't respond well -- 100000.
-- massacred but that's another discussion but when you.
He used chemical weapons that is something that the world has outlawed if you're not used in World War II for a reason.
Act head because of the response that it would get at one time or another so.
I think you have to do -- but right now.
Bashar -- to use these chemical weapons and slaughter innocent people is just something we can't go on responded to.
But Americans don't want boots on the ground and they have to be American boots on the ground.
They have to be assured of that and they have to be confident of that if they're gonna support this measure.
But let's say when we suddenly involve ourselves militarily we launch an attack you know we we take out some of his air force were we taking out.
Chemical weapons -- or something like that and Hezbollah responds by you know sending somebody to an American shopping center with a canister of of serin gas then what can.
That is safe in my view a remote possibility because -- that's the end of Hezbollah but.
Let's look at the option of doing nothing and Bashar -- and his Iranian patrons and the north Koreans.
Why actually use of chemical weapons and now will view that they have a blank check it that's.
That's the other problem that we face which I think is much greater.
An attack on Israel I don't want to attack on a trio but the reason why Hezbollah won't attack Israel is because the last time they tried it.
They got their rear ends kicked and they hope that that would happen again.
As far as what are the Russians who would do anything absolutely not it would not.
But that's what this is really about a ran.
And their continued development of nuclear weapons and if we stand by and watch.
They chemical weapons being used what -- to set you think that -- to Iran and North Korea and other countries who want to develop.
Weapons of mass destruction.
Senator McCain nine earlier time is in great demand these days we appreciate -- run stopping by happening now and talking to us about all of this.
Thank you for having me on -- that.
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