2014 FPI Forum: Restoring American Leadership

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Restoring American Leadership

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Incoming Chair, Senate Armed Services Committee

Dr. Robert Kagan, Board Member, Foreign Policy Initiative (Moderator)

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Key Quotes

“The first thing we really need to address is sequestration and the impacts of it. And I think we need to listen to our military leaders. … [They are saying] that we’re not going to be able to defend United States national security interests.”

– Senator John McCain (R-AZ)

“We have to have a no-fly zone [over Syria]. And by the way, you don’t have to take out Bashar Assad’s air defenses. All you have to do is shoot down any airplane that flies into that area. And I promise you that once pilots see their friend shot down, they aren’t going to want to go there.”

– Senator John McCain (R-AZ)

“There are three-and-a-half million refugees [in Jordan]. … It is an incredible pressure on their country … [There are] I think six million people [in Jordan] – I mean, put that number compared to the population of the United States. Think of what it would be to us. So the no-fly zone, in my view, I hope it’s not a half measure, and I hope that it includes a humanitarian part of it where we can help some of these people escape the barrel bombing which has been so horrible. … And by the way, there’s still 150,000 people in Bashar al-Assad’s prisons.”

– Senator John McCain (R-AZ)

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