ELECTION WIN: MCCAIN WILL HEAD UP SENATE’S ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE
Boots on the ground in Syria and military support for Ukraine
John McCain is expected to become chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee in January following a Republican election victory on November 4.
In the position, McCain will drive defense policy on Capitol Hill, including the Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act dictating how the Pentagon spends money. He will also determine the foreign policy agenda of the United States.
McCain and a clique of neocon Republicans have called for boots on the ground in Syria and Iraq. In addition to sending U.S. troops, McCain has called for arming the Kurds and intensive airstrikes against the Islamic State as the terrorist army consolidates recent military gains.
He also wants to bolster support for the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) which is, as we noted on Sunday, an anachronism. Any distinction between the FSA, al-Nusra and the Islamic State is now rhetorical.