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John McCain says Obama should circumvent UN on Syria

In a speech Monday at the American Enterprise Institute, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that President Obama should circumvent the United Nation and lead a multilateral military campaign against Syria's Assad regime.

“When it comes to the administration’s policy in Syria, to say they are ‘leading from behind’ is too generous,” said McCain. “That suggests they are leading. They are just behind.”

Last week, the United Nations suspended its mission in Syria because of the escalating violence there. However, McCain dismissed the notion that the situation is rapidly turning into a civil war because the Assad regime has all of the military might.

“It is not a fair fight,” said McCain. “It is not a civil war because all the military strength is on the same side and not the other. At least we ought to give them a chance to have a fair fight.”

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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