Senator John McCain (R-AZ) pushes for further U.S. intervention in Syria while outlining his policy recommendations for the entire Middle East region during an address today at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
The Senator was honored by the Institute of Peace with the Dean Acheson award. The organization gives that award to individuals who are judged to have made significant contributions to international diplomacy, conflict management and peace building.
The senator’s speech coincides with the President’s remarks earlier today on U.S. policy toward the Middle East. As multiple countries are in the midst of uprisings, officials are trying to balance securing U.S. interests with humanitarian and democratic matters.
In response to the Syrian government’s attacks to silence protestors, President Obama signed an executive order Wednesday imposing sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and other top officials.
Last week Senator McCain, joined by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), wrote a statement to the President, asking him to take enforce tougher sanctions. Senators McCain and Lieberman also led the charge to intervene in Libya, where U.S. forces are participating in NATO-led operations against the Gadhafi regime.