Senator John McCain, who has long advocated for more forceful United States support of the Syrian insurgents, said Sunday that the two airstrikes just outside of the Syrian capital in recent days — which the Syrian government said were carried out by Israel — were likely to increase pressure on President Obama to act.
McCain, Republican of Arizona, said on “Fox News Sunday” that the raids appear to have weakened the argument that Syria has a far more daunting air defense system than, for example, Libya had under Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi.
“The Israelis seem to be able to penetrate it fairly easily,” he said, although the Lebanese Army said that in the first of the two attacks, on Friday, Israeli warplanes fired into Syrian territory from Lebanese airspace. A second airstrike was reported Sunday morning.
McCain referred to comments by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who has described the Syrian defenses as “a much denser and more sophisticated system” than Libya’s.
McCain said the United States was capable of disabling the Syrian air defenses on the ground “with cruise missiles; cratering their runways, and by using Patriot missile batteries to defend a safe zone for insurgents and refugees. He has repeatedly urged such action.
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