Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona blasted President Obama on foreign policy Sunday, accusing him of mishandling relationships with countries throughout the Middle East.

McCain said the United States should arm rebels in Syria to help them fight against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

“Absolutely. It’s an unfair fight,” McCain said on ABC’S “This Week. “The Russians are supplying arms. The Iranians are on the ground. How could we not stand up for these people? How could we sit by and watch this slaughter go on, while the president of the United States is totally silent?”

McCain, who ran against Obama in 2008, criticized the president’s announcement of an Atrocities Prevention Board during a speech at the Holocaust Museum last month. The board is insufficient, McCain argued, citing author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, who seemed to call Obama to be firmer when he introduced the president at the museum in April.

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