He fails to discriminate between friends and enemies.Â
Did you catch Senator John McCain’s much-heralded (by Senator McCain) trip to the Syrian civil war – by way of our NATO ally Turkey, the lifeline of the Hamas terrorist organization? Yeah, Senator McCain blew into town to prove that all of us dissenters from his latest adventure in “Democracy, Sharia Style” are wacko birds. Surely, the Forward March of Freedom can work just as well in Damascus as it has in Benghazi, Cairo, Baghdad, and Kabul.
Well, he’s probably right about that.
The Maverick is sensitive to the criticism that he has been a smidge less than discriminating when it comes to sorting out America’s friends from America’s mortal enemies. Thus, the immediate objective of his latest Middle Eastern jaunt was to show that the anti-Assad “rebels” – I’d call them the Syrian Mujahideen, which is how most of them think of themselves – are predominantly, indeed overwhelmingly, secular and moderate. Oh, there may be a bad apple orÂ two in the rebel legions, but rest assured that the arsenal McCain wants to dole out to them, in conjunction with U.S.-led aerial attacks on Assad’s forces, will not be yet another exercise in arming the next anti-American jihad. Those who claim we cannot tell the good guys from the bad guys are just a bunch of craven isolationists.
How unfortunate for the senator, then, that he managed, in the midst of this scintillating exhibition, to get himselfÂ photographedÂ withÂ Mohamed NourÂ and Ammar al-Dadikhi (also known as “Abu Ibrahim”) – two of the swell “rebels” from the very moderate “Northern Storm Brigade” who last year kidnapped eleven Lebanese Shiite pilgrims. Nour is the chief spokesman for the Brigade, which is still holding nine of the pilgrims captive.Â
True to form, McCain completely missed the point of his contretemps. His office quickly issued a statement asserting that “it would be ludicrous to suggest that the Senator in any way condones the kidnapping of Lebanese Shia pilgrims.” Well, yes, that’s probably why no one is suggesting it (as Allahpundit explains in an excellentÂ analysisÂ at Hot Air). No one thinks the Beltway’s progressive Islamophilic consensus affirmatively endorses the jihad. McCain & Co. are justÂ willfully blindÂ to the fact that it thrives on their delusions.
McCain is nothing if not consistent. There was the oops inQaddafi’s tentÂ back in 2009, when McCain was urging more U.S. aid for the Libyan regime – then acknowledged to be a critical counterterrorism ally of the United States. That was only a few months before the Maverick abruptly pivoted, deciding that the regime we’d been supporting needed to be overthrown. This, heÂ .Â .Â .Â erÂ .Â .Â .Â reasoned, would surely empower our new allies (or was it our old enemies?), the moderate rebels of Benghazi – who were just back home fromwaging years of jihadÂ against America’s Islamic Democracy project in Iraq. Just as he does now when it comes to Syria, McCain looked out on an Islamic-supremacist sea, saw a …read more