Skip to comments.GOP Senator Apologizes for McCain (Temper) Tantrum at Syrian Christian Leader Meeting
Posted on 02/06/2014 5:59:05 AM PST by xzins
Hell-bent on arming opposition forces in Syriadespite strong evidence that theyre run by Islamic terroristsJohn McCain displayed behavior unbecoming of a United States Senator during a recent meeting with Syrian Christian leaders touring Capitol Hill.
The delegation of Syrian clergy came to Washington to raise awareness among lawmakers of the growing crisis among the regions minority Christian community. Christians make up about 10% of the Syrian population and they are being targeted and ruthlessly murdered by radical elements of the rebel forces, according to the visiting church officials. They say the media and human rights groups in the west have been largely silent on the ordeal of the Christians in Syria.
A number of churches have been destroyed or burned, children were killed when rebels fired mortar rockets at an Armenian Christian school in Damascus and countless others have been abducted by Islamic fighters, the Syrian delegation reveals in a statement published by the research group, Westminster Institute, that brought them to Washington. Eleven nuns have also been abducted and are still in captivity and two bishops are still missing after getting kidnapped during a humanitarian mission.
But Senator McCain, an Arizona Republican, evidently doesnt want to hear negative stories about the rebels hes working to arm. So he stormed out of a closed-door meeting with the Syrian clergy officials last week. Held in the Senate Arms Services Committee meeting room, the reunion also included senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Graham is a Republican and the rest are Democrats.
McCain marched into the committee room yelling, according to a high-level source that attended the meeting, and quickly stormed out. He was incredibly rude, the source told Judicial Watch because he didnt think the Syrian church leaders should even be allowed in the room. Following the shameful tantrum McCain reentered the room and sat briefly but refused to make eye contact with the participants, instead ignoring them by looking down at what appeared to be random papers.
The outburst was so embarrassing that Senator Graham, also an advocate of U.S. military intervention in Syria, apologized for McCains disturbing outburst. Graham actually apologized to the group for McCains behavior, according to the source, who sat through the entire meeting. It was truly unbelievable.
Not really, for those familiar with McCains history on this matter. The veteran lawmaker is enamored with a controversial young Syria expert, Elizabeth OBagy, who has managed to convince him as well as the president and secretary of state that Syrian rebels are mostly moderate and not terrorists. While persuading the U.S. of this, OBagy concealed that she was a political director for the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), a group that advocates for Syrias rebels from Washington D.C.
Before getting exposed by conservative media outlets, OBagy claimed to be an objective analyst at a Washington D.C. think-tank that studies military affairs when in fact she had a reputation as the leading expert on the armed opposition in the Syrian revolution, according to SETF. In September OBagy was abruptly fired from the think-tank for padding her resume and McCain graciously hired her. Elizabeth is a talented researcher, and I have been very impressed by her knowledge and analysis in multiple briefings over the last year, McCain said in a statement to the political news publication that broke the story in late September.
Besides the fact that a Syrian Islamist group is essentially steering U.S. policy, a number of domestic and international media outlets have confirmed that terroristsmainly Al Qaedaare running opposition forces in Syria. For instance the New York Times published a piece that reveals Islamist rebelsincluding the most extreme groups in the notorious Al Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda-aligned forceare running the show in Syria. The Islamist character of the opposition reflects the main constituency of the rebellion, the story says. Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of.
Incredibly, last month an international news agency reported that Congress secretly approved U.S. weapons flow to what officials describe as moderate Syrian rebel factions. The White House refused to comment on the back-door operation, but the story cites U.S. and European officials who say the weapons deliveries have been funded by the U.S. Congress, in votes behind closed doors, through the end of government fiscal year 2014.
For whatever reason Mad John McCain wants to arm al Qaeda terrorists in Syria, and he insults Christian leaders who are in DC to report on the persecution and murders of Christians in Syria.
McCain truly is Insane.
The scumbag really does see himself as some kind of royalty.
John McCain is a product of the AZ electorate.
John McCain needs to be retired...............
It is my belief that a similar tantrum led to poor judgement that got him shot down and imprisoned.
What horrible behavior, he must be in the throes of full blown dementia
Shame on you, AZ voters, for sending this unhinged blabber-mouth to represent you in the Senate. And he had the gall to call our brilliant senator, Ted Cruz, a “wacko bird” for opposing the greatest fiasco of our age, ObamaCare. McCain is a disgrace.
McShamey is such an embarrassment.
Translation: "She tells me what I want to hear and has been there to invent data to back-up any irrational, knee-jerk position I may take on a particular issue."
McCain's family by this point should've had McCain locked up in some lala land where he can do no more harm. I would also like to add that it's disgraceful that DC pols, both political parties, are using him for political gain rather than stop the destruction to humanity he is causing.
I'm waiting for the Senate and HOR to censure him....(sarcasm)
Or he always has been a jerk
This is not the kind of person who should be in any position of such importance. This sounds more than insane, more like evil possession. Just saying.
McStain obviously has mental issues arising from likely senile dementia. He should be recalled. I don’t think the guy is mentally competent anymore.
He’s not one who calmed with age is he?
No wise elder with this one. The classic bitter old man.
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