Sen. John McCain and his goal of openly intervening in the Syrian conflict on behalf of the foreign-backed rebels — many of whom openly fight under the banner of al-Qaeda — suffered a major setback this week after a public relations stunt backfired in spectacular fashion. Media reports that surfaced Thursday claimed some of the opposition fighters he met and posed for pictures with during a recent trip to Syria were actually extremists. In fact, the radicals are accused of kidnapping Lebanese pilgrims from a village in Aleppo province.
The Obama administration has warned British officials that if the U.K. leaves the European Union, it will exclude itself from the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which may cost Britain hundreds of billions of pounds a year. President Obama has invested considerable political capital in both the TTIP and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), promoting both in his State of the Union Address to Congress on February 12, 2013.
John McCain has put "boots on the ground" in Syria after all — his own.
The senior senator from Arizona and ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee made the unannounced visit Monday to Syria, crossing the border from Turkey, accompanied by Gen. Salim Idris, leader of the rebel Free Syrian Army.
A number of Republicans spent part of the Memorial Day weekend roundly criticizing the plan announced by President Obama last week to limit the scope and eventually end the war on terror.
U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is preparing a bill to repeal the post-9/11 legislation that two presidents have relied on as justification for waging war in several countries simultaneously.