After coming under fire from a number of constituents at a town hall meeting in Phoenix on Thursday, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told radio station KFYI that President Obama could face impeachment if he decides to put “boots on the ground” in Syria.
"The fact is [Syrian President] Bashar Assad has massacred 100,000 people. The conflict is spreading … The Russians are all in, the Iranians are all in, and it’s an unfair fight,” he said. “And no one wants American boots on the ground. Nor will there be American boots on the ground because there would be an impeachment of the president if they did that.”
Earlier in the day, constituents let McCain know in no uncertain terms they were not happy with the way he has handled the crisis, The Blaze reported.
“We didn’t send you to make war for us. We sent you to stop the war,” one man told McCain.
“This is what I think of Congress,” said one man holding a bag of marshmallows. “They are a bunch of marshmallows. That’s what they are. That’s what they’ve become. Why are you not listening to the people and staying out of Syria? It’s not our fight.”
On Wednesday, McCain helped pass a joint resolution out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that, The Blaze added, contains what appears to be a loophole that could be used to deploy ground troops into Syria.
Although the resolution prohibits “the use of United States Armed Forces on the ground in Syria for the purpose of combat operations,” the language could leave open the possibility of deploying troops for non-combat operations, Jason Howerton wrote.
Another issue is McCain's support for some of the rebels he maintains are "moderate." A recent report, for example, said that Syrian rebels beheaded a bus full of innocent Kurds, including a mother and her 40-day-old infant baby.
“They entered the main square and smashed a statue of the Virgin Mary,” said one resident of the area, speaking by phone and too frightened to give his name. “They shelled us from the nearby mountain. Two shells hit the St Thecla convent.”
"Some of the rebels entered a home near the checkpoint belonging to Yousef Haddad, a Christian. They tried to force him to convert to Islam," said a resident of the town that still speaks a dialect of the language spoken by Jesus Christ.
Nevertheless, McCain defended his position and challenged those who say the intelligence does not indicate the Assad regime engaged in chemical warfare.
“For any of our listeners who say, ‘See, they still haven’t proved it’: There’s proof, and you’ll be seeing more of it,” he said.
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