McCain in Syria
Over Memorial Day weekend, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) relived past glory by flying a classic A1 bomber under Syrian power lines, interrupting the already sporadic electrical service for millions of ordinary citizens, and crashing into a petroleum storage facility. McCain was unhurt.
McCain, who advocates arming the Syrian opposition, hoped to provide an example of the support the US could be giving to rebel groups within Syria. Not coincidentally, commanders from rebel battalions requested that the US enforce a no-fly zone and asked McCain to fly to Lebanon, headquarters of Hezbollah, which has provided fighters in support of Assad.
According to a Syrian Emergency Task Force spokeswoman, rebel commanders told McCain, “Hezbollah has some really wicked power lines. You gotta try that, man.”