US Senator John McCain is slamming President Obama for the current situation with Iran, Syria, and elsewhere, inferring that, while he is not happy with Romney’s sidestepping of world affairs in his presidential campaign, Obama’s current policies are in need of help.
The 2008 Republican presidential candidate sat down with the AP in Italy on Saturday, criticizing the man who beat him for not helping rebels in Syria, for abandoning Iraq and Afghanistan, and delaying decisions on Iran’s nuclear program, reports Politico. McCain stated:
“In a way it’s almost like watching a train wreck.”
But at the same time, McCain also had some harsh words for the RND’s failure to mention national security and world affairs. McCain stated:
“The election is about jobs and the economy, but a failed … national security policy over time is going to lead to significant domestic problems. It’s the job of presidents and candidates to lead and articulate their vision for America’s role in the world. The world is a more dangerous place than it’s been since the end of the Cold War, and so I think the president should lead and I think candidates for the presidency should lead and talk about it, and I’m disappointed that there hasn’t been more.”
The Boston Herald notes that John McCain added that sanctions rarely work, and that the red line in Iran should be weapons capability, not the actual creation of them. The former presidential candidate was also happy to discuss how he would have done things differently, also criticizing the current president for pulling troops from Iraq. McCain stated:
“I would have left a residual force of some 20,000 troops in Iraq. Things are unraveling” in a way that threatens to yield a “fractured state” divided among Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish regions, under the sway of al-Qaida, and out of the U.S. orbit — “all the things we predicted would happen if we pulled out completely.”
He was also harsh on Obama’s decisions for Afghanistan, saying that:
“I know that the Afghan people strongly disapprove of a Taliban (return), but I think it’s pretty obvious they know the Americans are leaving and they have to adjust to the post-American involvement environment and that means accommodating the certain forces that they otherwise wouldn’t.”
Do you think John McCain is right to call President Obama’s decisions in Iran, as well as with other foreign policy, a “train wreck”?