McCain flabbergasted Kerry likes Russia's bombing

'I'm not making this up,' says an incensed McCain quoting Kerry's support for Russian bombing of US-backed Syrian opposition forces.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Senator John McCain
Senator John McCain

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) ripped US Secretary of State John Kerry to shreds on Thursday during an address at the Senate floor, over the latter's stated support of Russia's role in trying to end Syria's internecine war.

McCain, who serves as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, began by slamming the massive human rights violations committed by Syria's Bashar al-Assad's regime against his own people since the war started in 2011, including "barrel bombs, chemical weapons, slaughtering women and children."

According to McCain, the autocratic Syrian leader who is now being military propped up by his ally Russia allowed Islamic State (ISIS) to come to power in the first place due to the fury over his rights violations, and Assad "fuels them still," reports the Washington Free Beacon.

“Secretary Kerry seems not to understand that fact,” McCain said. “While in Moscow searching for ‘common ground’ on Russia with Syria and Ukraine, Secretary Kerry said - and I’m not making this up now, I’m telling my colleagues, I am not making this up - 'Russia has been a significant contributor to the progress.'"

"Was Russia making progress when it bombed US-backed Syrian forces fighting the Assad regime?," said McCain of the attacks on opposition forces directly supported by America. "Or was that when it took a brief pause from bombing Syrian moderates to indiscriminately drop dumb (unguided) bombs in ISIL (ISIS) territory in eastern Syria, killing untold numbers of civilians? Is that the significant Russian contributions?"

The senator quoted Kerry as saying "the United States and our partners are not seeking so-called regime change" in Syria, and that the focus now is "not on our differences about what can or cannot be done immediately about Assad."

These statements by Kerry, argued McCain, essentially constitute saying: "dear Mr. Assad, here’s a blank check. Here’s your card. Do whatever you want to...continue your barrel bombing. Continue your torture. Continue the war crimes that you have committed. You’ve only killed 250,000 of your own some more into exile, and murder more."

McCain also slammed US President Barack Obama's administration for changing its long-held position from 2011 that Assad could not stay in power as part of a transition out of warfare in Syria - in October, the White House and State Department flipped the script for the first time, and said Assad could remain in office in the short-term during negotiations on Syria's future.

The position earlier this year was that Assad must go, "but now, as one (administration) official said, ‘the meaning of Assad has to go has evolved,'" quoted McCain.

Just on Wednesday, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said Assad could stay in control if the Syrian people so choose, although he said such a result was "unlikely."