John McCain Tweets Article Pointing Out How Scary Some of Assad’s Opponents Are

52a1mccains John McCain Tweets Article Pointing Out How Scary Some of Assads Opponents Are

This morning Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) sent the following
Daily Beast article by Bruce Riedel
discusses Jabhat al Nusra, the Al Qaeda-linked terror group that is
fighting against the Assad regime in Syria. The article mentions al
Nusra’s growing influence and that Al Qaeda’s strength in the
region will increase as the conflict in Syria continues. One of the
most interesting sections of the article is the following:

For now the jihadists are focused on Syria and winning the war
against Assad. But their ambitions are much larger. With a base in
Syria they can threaten American interests in the entire Levant
region, Europe, and our allies in Turkey, Jordan, and Israel. The
worst danger is that the al Nusra front will get control of some of
Syria’s large chemical weapons arsenal. Bashar’s father, Hafez
al-Assad, built major chemical-weapon capability in the 1980s,
including the deadly nerve agent sarin, which was first developed
by the Nazis. Al Qaeda has been trying to get a weapon of mass
destruction for years. Now in Syria it may be closer than ever.

It is interesting that Sen. McCain would cite this article as a
“must-read” considering that he is a
proponent of arming the Syrian opposition by working with
“‘third-world countries’ and the Arab League.” If the U.S. were to
send arms to the Syrian opposition, even while trying to make sure
the weapons do not end up in the hands of jihadists, it is hard to
imagine that some of these weapons would not find their way to al
Nusra and similar groups. By sending arms to rebels in Syria the
U.S. could very well end up aiding organizations that wish to harm
the U.S. and its allies after Assad is removed from power.
Unfortunately for interventionists like Sen. McCain both the
Assad regime and its opposition include groups that are not fans of
the U.S. Assad is being supported by Iran and Hezbollah while his
opposition includes groups like al Nusra. If the rebels overthrow
Assad it will be in large part thanks to the efforts of jihadist
fighters. If the rebels overthrow Assad with arms supplied with the
help of the U.S. what is the interventionist strategy then, are we
then supposed to engage in another set of operations to address the
jihadist influence in a post-war Syria? Given the growing jihadist
influence in Syria it is hard to see why a Syria after Assad will
necessarily be better for the national security of the U.S. and its
allies. ;


John McCain Tweets Article Pointing Out How Scary Some of Assad’s Opponents Are

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