August 22nd, 2013
09:34 AM ET

Sen. McCain: U.S. Has "No Credibility" in Syria, Egypt

The recent reports of a massive chemical attack in a rebel-held region in Syria come almost exactly one year after president Obama's "red line" speech, in which he defined chemical attacks as the trigger for American intervention.

Senator John McCain has said in the past that the administration has done "virtually nothing" yet in response to Syria.

On “New Day” this morning, McCain reiterates that stance, saying that chemical weapons were in fact used in Syria and the administration has lost credibility in the region. (WATCH TOP VIDEO)

McCain wonders when the United States will “stand up” for the people of Syria and also outlined military actions the United States could take to address the deadly crisis in the country.

“It's obvious from the pictures when you see the dead bodies of children and women and others stacked up and the fact is it's already been established that [President Bashar al-Assad] has used [chemical weapons] before, so as I said, it shouldn't surprise us when he's used it again,” McCain says.

“It's horrific and outrageous and the President [Obama] a year ago said there would be if they crossed a red line that there would be response. We know now of course that they've already used it. I'm sure and confident that they used it again and they will use it again unless they are reined in and prevented from doing so.”

Sen. McCain also responds to the crisis in Egypt with similar resolve.

“There's no credibility because we know that the administration at the President's direction called the Egyptians and said, if you overthrow Morsy, that we will have to, because of the law, consider that a coup. They overthrew Morsy, and they refused to call it a coup. We're asking them to observe the rule of law and we are not observing our laws. Morsy was a terrible president. I have no grief for the Muslim Brotherhood for the way they governed, but the United States writes laws and we expect to abide by the laws and the generals are not impressed because we didn't come through with our word. If we weren't going to do that we shouldn't have said it and now we have hundreds of people killed in the streets of Cairo.”

Sen. McCain remarks on the United States' influence in Russia as well, essentially saying that it is waning and President Vladimir Putin is “sticking his thumb in our eye” by granting temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.  (WATCH VIDEO)

“Mr. Snowden violated his oath of office and I don't think he's going to be coming back to the United States.”

But the senator also says the critical question is really over congressional oversight.

“Why didn't we know some of the things that we knew that had to be revealed by Mr. Snowden? That's a question that needs to be asked, and we're now finding out that we need better congressional oversight and a lot more awareness on the part of the American people.  A lot of young Americans believe Mr. Snowden is a hero. I don't.”

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