According to John McCain, powerful weapons getting into the wrong hands is worth the risk to oust Syria’s President Bashar al Assad.
With blood on McCain’s hands, those same weapons could bring more terror attacks if those wrong hands are members of Al Qaeda. McCain says he is perfectly fine with taking that risk.
Award-winning journalist Ben Swann has reported extensively that the largest groups fighting to overthrow Assad are Jihadists.
Al-Nusra Front is the largest group, which is the Syrian wing of Al Qaeda in Iraq.
So is McCain ok with these stinger missiles falling in the hands of Al Qaeda? Apparently so.
According to Time, the Obama White House is weighing the options of sending surface-to-air missiles to Syria to help bring an end to the country’s long civil war.
The shoulder-fired missiles are capable of knocking a helicopter or low-flying plane out of the sky.
“The introduction of manpads could be a game changer in Syria, like it was in Afghanistan in the 1980s with Stinger missiles,” an Arab official told TIME, adding that he believed the Obama Administration had begun discussing the idea more seriously.
The addition of U.S. weapons could be an even huge game changer if those weapons got into the wrong hands.
Time reported that Senior Administration officials worry that the weapons — known technically as man-portable air-defense systems, or manpads — could fall into the hands of terrorists intent on shooting down a civilian airliner. Syria’s rebel forces are now dominated by radical Islamists, some of whom recently overran headquarters used by a moderate faction and looted weapons stored there.
The potential of al-Qaeda is terrifying. Even former CIA director David Petraeus called that scenario a “nightmare” in January.