Today, according to Foreign Policy, Senator John McCain is calling for air strikes against Syria in order to halt the violence being perpetrated by the populace there by its President, Bashar al-Assad. According to a report provided to the journal, McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Forces Committee, will call for American intervention in the Middle East nation.

According to the transcript that he is expected to deliver from the Senate floor today:

“After a year of bloodshed, the crisis in Syria has reached a decisive moment. What opposition groups in Syria need most urgently is relief from Assad’s tank and artillery sieges in many cities that are still contested. Homs is lost for now, but Idlib, and Hama, and Qusayr, and Deraa, and other cities in Syria could still be saved. But time is running out. Assad’s forces are on the march. Providing military assistance to the Free Syrian Army and other opposition groups is necessary, but at this late hour, that alone will not be sufficient to stop the slaughter and save innocent lives. The only realistic way to do so is with foreign airpower.

“To be clear: This will require the United States to suppress enemy air defenses in at least part of the country. The ultimate goal of airstrikes should be to establish and defend safe havens in Syria, especially in the north, in which opposition forces can organize and plan their political and military activities against Assad. These safe havens could serve as platforms for the delivery of humanitarian and military assistance — including weapons and ammunition, body armor and other personal protective equipment, tactical intelligence, secure communications equipment, food and water, and medical supplies. These safe havens could also help the Free Syrian Army and other armed groups in Syria to train and organize themselves into more cohesive and effective military forces, likely with the assistance of foreign partners.

“Increasingly, the question for U.S. policy is not whether foreign forces will intervene militarily in Syria. We can be confident that Syria’s neighbors will do so eventually, if they have not already. Some kind of intervention will happen, with us or without us. So the real question for U.S. policy is whether we will participate in this next phase of the conflict in Syria, and thereby increase our ability to shape an outcome that is beneficial to the Syrian people, and to us. I believe we must.

“The kinds of mass atrocities that NATO intervened in Libya to prevent in Benghazi are now a reality in Homs. Indeed, Syria today is the scene of some of the worst state-sponsored violence since Milosevic’s war crimes in the Balkans, or Russia’s annihilation of the Chechen city of Grozny.

“If Assad manages to cling to power — or even if he manages to sustain his slaughter for months to come, with all of the human and geopolitical costs that entails — it would be a strategic and moral defeat for the United States. We cannot, we must not, allow this to happen,” McCain will say.

“Rather than closing off the prospects for some kind of a negotiated transition that is acceptable to the Syrian opposition, foreign military intervention is now the necessary factor to preserve this option. Assad needs to see that he will not win.”

I know that I pick on Senator McCain a lot, but I believe this makes the umpteenth Middle East nation he wants to engage in war. As one who is also in his declining years, sometimes I also let my e-mails go unread for too long. But, gee whiz, John, everyone knows that you’ve been ordered to rally us into war against Iran this month. Syria was two or three months ago. I understand, the important thing is to keep our troops constantly fighting, and now that Iraq is over, and Afghanistan is pretty much acknowledged by everyone as an abject failure, we need to start another one quickly, before the troops get used to being home with their loved ones. Couldn’t Lieberman or Graham have reminded you that we’re all supposed to be getting excited about invading Iran now, even though our intelligence agencies agree that they are nowhere near getting a nuclear bomb? That’s the position that Bibi Netanyahu has ordered you to take, John. And we would hate for him to have to fight this next silly war without our muscle behind him. I wish we could go back in time to when our greatest ally was Canada; they never want to start wars against anyone. But their lobbyists don’t provide nearly the goodies that you’ve come to expect, do they?