(Reuters)—U.S. Senator John McCain said on Wednesday, two days after meeting with rebels inSyria, that he is confident the United States can send weapons to fighters in Syria without the risk they will fall into the wrong hands.
"We can identify who these people are. We can help the right people," McCain said on CNN's program "Anderson Cooper 360."
McCain, a Republican, is an outspoken advocate for U.S. military aid to the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has angrily denounced Democratic President Barack Obama – McCain's opponent in his failed 2008 presidential race—for shying away from deeper U.S. involvement in the conflict, which has claimed 80,000 lives.
H/T Adam Simpson