President Barack Obama shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the broad-scale threat the U.S. faces against Islamic militants in Iraq and his limited airstrikes are not enough to stop “the richest, most powerful terrorist organization in history,” Sen. John McCain tells The New York Times.
The Arizona Republican offered his harsh assessment while traveling with a U.S. delegation in Vietnam and spoke out against what he described as the president’s tepid engagement as violence continued in Iraq.
McCain called the president’s actions “disturbing” as ISIS militants raged, forcing Christians to flee as unrest continued to spread. He said he feared for America as the crisis grew and Obama’s engagement remained limited.
“The stated purpose – stated by the president – is to save American lives, not to stop ISIS, not to change the battlefield, not to stop ISIS from moving equipment farther into Syria to destroy the Free Syrian Army,” McCain told the Times by phone.
“Obviously, the president of the United States does not appreciate this is not just a threat to American troops on the ground or even Iraq or Kurdistan. This is a threat to America.” Read more.