Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) offered a curious justification for U.S. military intervention in Syria on Friday. According to Talking Points Memo, the pro-interventionist Republican and former presidential candidate said that Americans needn't worry themselves about getting bogged down in another Middle Eastern quagmire like Iraq because "there would be an impeachment of the president" if that happened.
McCain was talking to Phoenix KFYI radio host Mike Broomhead after a pair of Arizona town halls. At one stop, the former Navy pilot was accosted by angry voters who pleaded with him to vote against bombing Syria.
McCain told the host that he understands some people's skepticism over entering another conflict, but urged Americans to "look at the facts."
"The fact is Bashar Assad has massacred 100,000 people. The conflict is spreading...Iraq has now become a haven for al Qaeda and the violence is greater than in 2008, the Russians are all in, the Iranians are all in, and it’s an unfair fight,” McCain told Broomhead. “And no one wants American boots on the ground. Nor will there be American boots on the ground because there would be an impeachment of the president if they did that.”
Whether this was merely a ploy on McCain's part to interest more Republicans in sending troops to Syria could not be ascertained at press time.
Listen to McCain's Friday appearance on KFYI, embedded below: