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An Egyptian Preacher and a US Senator Compete Over Syria's Future

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Both Yusuf al-Qaradawi and John McCain want Bashar al-Assad to fall. But in their competing visions you'll find reasons for the White House's reticence over deeper military involvement.


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Carol H (229)
Tuesday June 4, 2013, 5:06 am
thanks Cal, noted

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 4, 2013, 7:07 am
Cant really comment Think the situation is Syria so complex and so many factions After seeing what happened in Egypt im not sure of anything

noted thanks

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday June 4, 2013, 8:44 am
Thank you. ( n, p, t)

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 4, 2013, 8:57 am
Makes one wonder how many of the massacres and the victims were those who didn't tow the line to the rebels, with the rebels then blaming it on Assad. Assad laic dictatorship is a lesser evil for everyone (including the Syrians) than a fundamentalist Islamic dictatorship. No one will say that but it is true. No one would blame Obama for not doing anything if he hadn't said what he would do.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 4, 2013, 9:21 am
well, they should both head on over to jerusalem and ask the pundits there for their input. and the entity will tell them that it is all wishful thinking.
twashington and jerusalem remember 2006. and they are much, much stronger now. and that is without considering the weapons of mass destruction ir now possess. mcCain is an idiot for even thinking of sending our boys to die at the hands of hezbollah. if you look up hezboolah in the dictionary it will say, entity problem. not america's.

Diana P (12)
Tuesday June 4, 2013, 11:21 am

Diana P (12)
Tuesday June 4, 2013, 11:25 am
Why was John McCain called "SONGBIRD?"

Stephen Brian (23)
Tuesday June 4, 2013, 11:59 am
If it comes down to these two, Qaradawiwins. He understands the local culture and McCain doesn't.

Hi Emrys,

I looked over an after-action report of the fighting in 2006. Hezbollah declared victory and had its victory reported, but survival is not the same as victory. In strict military terms, it looked to me, at the time, as though Israel had come out very much on top. Israel's primary problem in the war, I think, was that its top uniformed soldier at the time, it Lieutenant General, had come from the air force and tried to run the war as a primarily air-campaign. That doesn't work. The IAF is still designed to support ground-forces, whether tactically or by softening defences for ground-forces to capture, like every other air force in the world. The guy tried a strategic experiment in 2006 and it didn't work.

I'm also pretty confident that Hezbollah doesn't actually have any WMDs. Also, Israel seems to have destroyed Syria's stockpile of SA-17s after stopping Assad from transferring some to Hezbollah, so it doesn't even have modern anti-air power. At this point, Hezbollah isn't even Israel's problem. It is Lebanon's problem. The civil war is spreading to Lebanon, and Hezbollah is a faction in it.

Phil P (94)
Tuesday June 4, 2013, 12:51 pm
Sick of McCain's grandstanding. We, the US, need to stay out of the Mid-East mess. Everything the US touches in that region has turned to shit.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday June 4, 2013, 1:23 pm

Paulett Simunich (0)
Tuesday June 4, 2013, 2:32 pm

R T (14)
Tuesday June 4, 2013, 2:53 pm
How unusual another struggle for power in North Africa.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday June 4, 2013, 3:06 pm
I'm thinking that McCain promised Obama support on some legislation in order not to be negatively targeted for his trip there. But, Jon Stewart set us straight last night on The Daily Show with a photo of McCain "caught" with someone he shouldn't be seen with. Interesting!

Sharon F (0)
Tuesday June 4, 2013, 4:42 pm
McCain said on CBS morning show that he is proud of the US military. Can we assume that he is proud of the fact that the military has been fumbling/bumbling around in Iraq & Afghan for more than ten years and that there are so many rapists in the bloated, flunky organization.

. (0)
Tuesday June 4, 2013, 4:44 pm
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing, Cal.

Lloyd H (46)
Wednesday June 5, 2013, 6:30 am
As to Al-Qaradawi, I doubt he has anyone's best interests in mind but his own sect.
As to Sen. John "I think I am President of the USA" McCain, all he wants is another US War in the Middle East. McCain is a war monger of the first order, I have no doubt that he endorsed the US arming, training and funding of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. And I have no doubt that he endorsed the USA doing all it could to put the Bath Party into power in Iraq and helping put Saddam into power and keeping him in power right up to the point it was no longer tolerable. And we all know just how well both of those US escapades into Middle East politics and War turned out don't we. Jackass John McCain has no business and no authority going into a foreign country and making foreign policy statements on behalf of the US. He is only 1/50 of the US Senate. He is not the Secretary of State. He is not the Secretary of Defence. And he sure as hell is NOT the President of the USA.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 5, 2013, 6:57 am
Thanks, Cal.
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