Friday, May 20, 2011

WATCH: Sen. McCain's Speech On Mideast; "Do All That We Can Short of Military Action, To Help The Syrian Revolution Succeed."

Here is the speech that Arizona Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) delivered about the Middle East last night at the U.S. Institute of Peace, hours after President Barack Obama gave an address on the same subject.  (Though, as McCain pointed out, his was scheduled before Obama's, and he called the President "eloquent".)

The Senator pushed for further intervention in the ongoing problems in Syria:  "We must do all that we can, short of military action, to help the Syrian revolution succeed. I commend the President for imposing additional sanctions on top Syrian officials, including Assad himself. And I would urge the administration to continue ratcheting up the pressure, in concert with the EU and Turkey. The President should also call publicly for Assad to go, just as he did with Mubarak and Qaddafi."

The speech begins at the 20:45 mark and lasts about 28 minutes.  A link to the transcript is below the video. (If the video takes too long to load, here is the link to the C-Span page with the video.)

Text of speech, from Sen. McCain's website.
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