Kerry Admits US Syria Policy Is a Mess, McCain Says

Off-record meeting doesn't stay off-record
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2014 3:30 PM CST
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, removes his jacket as he meets with Senator John McCain, center, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, center right, in Jerusalem, Friday, Jan. 3, 2013.   (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

(Newser) – John Kerry thinks that the administration's policy in Syria is failing and that it's time to arm the rebels … at least according to noted hawks John McCain and Lindsey Graham. The Senate pals were among 15 lawmakers in attendance at a closed-door meeting with the secretary of state in Munich yesterday. The meeting was supposed to be off-the-record, but as soon as it was over McCain and Graham talked to the Washington Post, Daily Beast, and Bloomberg.

Kerry said that "the chemical weapons [plan] is being slow-rolled, the Russians continue to supply arms," Graham said. "He openly talked about supporting arming the rebels." At one point Kerry allegedly asked, "Where are your constituents on this?" to gauge public support for getting involved. Kerry's office denies that he discussed lethal aide. "This is a case of members projecting what they want to hear," a spokesperson said. The comments come following peace talks that, according to the UN moderator, made "no progress."

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