John McCain still can’t get over losing to President Barack Obama back in 2008. On Sunday he had nothing good to say about the president’s strategy on ISIS, while grumbling to CBS News White House Correspondent Major Garrett on Face the Nation.
While McCain was positive that the president is not handling the situation properly, he seemed at a loss as to exactly we should do instead.
Garrett began with a quote from Secretary of State John Kerry:
“Airstrikes alone won’t defeat this enemy. A much fuller response is demanded from the world. We need to support Iraqi forces and the moderate Syrian opposition who are facing ISIS on the front lines. We need to disrupt and degrade ISIS capabilities and counter its extremist message in the media.”
Before introducing McCain, Garret also quoted from an op-ed he co-authored with Lindsey Graham calling for a military confrontation with ISIS, and saying that anything less was “fighting with one hand tied behind our back.”
Garrett then asked McCain what a “full-blown strategy against ISIS would look like.”
“A full-blown strategy would be recognizing that we now are facing the largest, most powerful, wealthiest terrorist organization in history, and it is going to require some very strong measures to defeat them.”
He went on to say that containment was not a strategy, and that we cannot attract allies by telling them that “we want to save people who are stranded on mountaintops or protect American troops.”
He went on to say that the president had made an error in judgement when he had decided not to arm rebels of the Free Syrian Army even as some of our allies did just that. The president did authorize other support for the anti-Assad rebels but stopped short of authorizing arms, a move which in retrospect seems to have been the correct choice since many of those rebels have now defected to ISIS and the weapons supplied by our allies have fallen into ISIS’ hands.
Garrett pressed McCain, asking if he was saying that the U.S. should openly declare to the world that we are at war with ISIS and if we should be “introducing special forces” into the conflict.
“I think that it requires additional U.S. troops, not ground combat units, but it is going to requireMc some more special forces.”
This is of course a contradiction, special forces are among our most elite combat troops, they are not advisory troops or training units, they are combat units.
Before launching an attack on the president’s handling of Vladimir Putin in Ukraine McCain once more suggested that he is inept saying:
“I was astounded when the president of the United States said that the world has always been messy and it has been accentuated by social media. That means that the president of the United States is either in denial or overwhelmed.”
McCain slams Obama on Face the Nation.
Watch the interview in the video below from CBS News.
h/t: Crooks and Liars