The Washington Times on September 11, 2013, reported that Republican Sen. John McCain said President Obama struck an emotional chord with the American public Tuesday, but he was “very disappointed” that he did not lay out a plan to arm vetted rebel groups fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad. Excerpts below:

“I feel very badly for my friends in the Free Syrian Army today,” Mr. McCain of Arizona told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“I thought we should have acted a long time ago,” Mr. McCain said.

He said Syrian rebels will be driven into the hands of extremist groups in the region if they think they’ve been abandoned by the United States and other western nations.

“That impression I’m sure has been made on them today,” he told MSNBC.

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