Leaders of Syria's opposition forces got a chance to make their case for increased U.S. support directly with Sen. John McCain when he slipped into that country for a surprise visit.
McCain, R-Ariz., favors providing arms to rebel forces in Syria.
A State Department official said the department was aware of McCain crossing into Syrian territory Monday, but referred further questions to McCain's office. McCain spokeswoman Rachel Dean confirmed the Monday trip, but declined further comment.Last time I checked, Barack Obama was elected president in 2008. As such, he and his administration have the right and the responsibility to set and direct U.S. foreign policy. I further understand that McCain lost the election to Obama some five years ago now.
Congress has a role to play in foreign policy to the extent that it controls the public purse. Certainly individual congresscritters can go on fact-finding missions and meet with representatives of foreign countries on a wide variety of issues. This is different. Syria is in the middle of a vicious civil war and it's unclear at best that there are any "good guys" involved in the conflict. Maybe John McCain can figure out who the good guys are, but I tend to doubt he understands matters any better than the folks at State do. At a minimum, he might consider sharing his wisdom with the Obama administration instead of going it alone. My suggestion would be that he go home and butt out.