McCain: Syria policy an 'abysmal failure'

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainHow House Republicans scrambled the Russia probe The Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by CVS Health - A pivotal day for House Republicans on immigration MORE (R-Ariz.) on Sunday blasted the Obama administration's policy toward Syria, saying all "viable" options have not been exhausted.

With peace in Syria appearing harder to achieve as a second round of negations to end the country's civil war on Friday failed to reach any agreement, McCain voiced his frustrations.

"The policy toward Syria has been an abysmal failure and a disgraceful one," McCain said on Sunday's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley.

"The president was still touting at the State of the Union the removal of chemical weapons," McCain said.

With the situation growing worse due to increasing violence by Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, McCain said, the problems in Syria will become a regional conflict.

“None of us want boots on the ground, but to not revisit other options, which are viable … is shameful,” McCain said

“There are viable options, there is a viable Free Syrian Army … there is still viable opposition that we can help and assist.”

When asked if U.S. involvement could possibly create more harm than good, McCain went off.

"More harm could happen? More harm could happen? Candy, with all due respect, that is ludicrous," McCain said. "The stakes here are incredibly high and we are now looking at a regional conflict that could potentially draw the United States into it."

"We have options, the question is whether we use them or not," McCain said.

Since the violence began nearly three years ago, more than 130,000 people have died in Syria. Diplomatic talks seeking an end to the civil war began in January.

Meanwhile, attacks have continued. Since talks began, an estimated 5,000 people have died.