The following is not for the faint of heart. Even those with iron constitutions may not be able to stomach these pictures.
John McCain has been decrying the carnage in Syria for a long time, lambasting the administration for not doing more to assist the rebels battling the Assad regime. Wednesday, he tried a new tack.
McCain used his Twitter account to post close-up pictures of rows of dead children, an infant with its legs badly injured, and naked emaciated corpses laid out on concrete slabs. The photos are a handful of 55,000 smuggled out of Syria documenting Assad’s torture.
I’ve chosen to publish this one because it was taken from a distance.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 12, 2014
While McCain’s disclaimer may have been effective in the old Twitter, it’s hard for posts like this one to be avoided. Pictures are now embedded in feeds.
Reaction to the gripping photos ranged from outrage to skepticism toward McCain.
State on McCain: Whether thru photos or firsthand, we should make it very clear to the world why we need to push harder on #Syria
— Hannah Allam (@HannahAllam) February 12, 2014
I think McCain is right, but it still grates me to agree with him on something: http://t.co/nOjXcS7gd8
— Andrew Szép (@SaschaBenny) February 12, 2014
McCain Never fails to amaze. You would think he would -at least once! call on Syria's neighbors to act before demanding we do.
— archers6 (@archers6) February 12, 2014
At the White House, Jay Carney took exception to McCain’s criticism of the administration’s current Syria policy and suggested that he may be pushing for a military solution.
“I didn't see Senator McCain’s remarks, and I’m not sure what exactly he’s advocating. If he’s advocating a U.S. invasion of Syria, I don't know. Is he advocating a bombing campaign?”
McCain also addressed the issue on the Senate floor Wednesday, mounting large photos on easels. In this social media age, these tweets are likely to have more impact.
If you want to get your hands on the president’s emergency nuclear codes, I have a site for you.
How long has this White House parody website thing been around? Is it new? http://t.co/j4xvuEX3FJ— Chris Moody (@Chris_Moody) February 12, 2014
Or maybe you just want to get away to Camp David, or be a Secret Service agent for a week. In short, it’s a tad more interesting than the real White House website, which is limited to actual facts.
Choo choooo. Dreams do come true.
Looks like after all of those years of Amtrak trips from D.C. to Delaware, the Veep finally got his chance at the helm of a locomotive.
Lauren Ashburn joined the network in 2013 and currently serves as a Washington-based contributor for FOX News Channel (FNC). On MediaBuzz with Howard Kurtz, Ashburn contributes commentary on the state of the news media shaping current events, their role in politics, cultures, business, and tech. Click here for more information on Lauren Ashburn.