McCain Slams Obama: We Should Have Stayed In Iraq

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August 10, 2014 10:00 a.m.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), known for his aggressive foreign policy views, slammed President Obama’s approach to the Islamic state militants in Iraq.

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” McCain blamed the deteriorating situation in Iraq on America’s failure to leave forces behind in Iraq.

The senator said Obama’s targeted strikes in Iraq aren’t enough.

“That’s not a strategy. That’s not a policy,” McCain said. “That is simply a very narrow and focused approach to a problem, which is metastasizing as we speak.”

McCain called for airstrikes in Syria and for the U.S. to give weapons and supplies to the Kurds in order to fight ISIS.

“There’s a vacuum of American leadership all throughout the Middle East,” he said.

CNN host Candy Crowley asked McCain to respond to the widely-held belief that he opposes everything Obama does when it comes to foreign policy.

“I predicted what was going to happen in Iraq,” he said. “And I’m predicting to you now, that if we pull everybody out of Afghanistan, not based on conditions, you’ll see that same movie again in Afghanistan.”

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