It seems the former US Republican presidential candidate, who is perhaps the loudest voice in US politics in favour of intervention on behalf of the Syrian rebels, had more pressing things on his mind.McCain was caught by a Washington Post photographer playing poker on his iPhone during the hearing.
“18 Killed as Syrian Rebels Bomb Christian Suburb of Damascus”
“The first of these American ‘NGO’ workers responsible for setting up the McCain…trip into Syria is one Mouaz Moustafa, who is named as the Executive Director of…the ‘Syrian Emergency Task Force.’ (SETF)”
“The second ‘NGO’ worker…is one Elizabeth Obagy, named as Political Director of…SETF…Obagy is also a “Syria analyst” at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).”
“Upon reading ISW’s Board of Directors and donors from their 2011 annual report,…ISW’s main donors for 2011 is telling; the list of military (defense) contractor’s donors include…”
After John McCain posing with kidnappers in rebel-held Syria and later claiming he did not know who they were, the farce of being able to “recognize” good rebels from bad ones becomes obvious
Rand Paul, son of former US presidential candidate Ron Paul:
“They say there are some pro-Western people and we’re going to vet them. Well, apparently we’ve got a senator over there who got his picture taken with some kidnappers, so I don’t know how good a job we’re going to do vetting those who are going to get the arms.”
New TV aired an explosive report. Its correspondent, Nawal Birri, who has covered the story of the kidnapping of Lebanese pilgrims in Syria, recognized the men standing with Sen. McCain in the picture. They are none other than the captors themselves. The families of the hostages, some of whom were kidnapped with them before being released, also recognized the men as the captors.