John McCain Wants Middle East To ‘Depend’ On U.S. To Fight ISIS
The drumbeat for (more) ground troops in the war with ISIS has resulted in some strange bedfellows, and on Monday morning, some even stranger criticism out of a leading Republican hawk. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joe Scarborough were explaining how President Obama is just the worst, when McCain relayed some comments that the “leader of a Middle Eastern country” made to him last week regarding the United States’ strategy against ISIS:
[su_center_ad]”He said ‘I’ve been here in the United States. I’m going back and I’m telling the other Arab countries we have to develop our own plans. We cannot depend on the United States.’ That’s pretty rough. Pretty tough.”
To be clear, McCain is saying that Middle Eastern countries taking a greater role in fighting ISIS is a bad thing. At Monday’s White House daily briefing, I read out McCain’s comments to Press Secretary Josh Earnest, and asked if McCain is right, if having the Middle East depend on the United States to fight ISIS is one of our strategic goals. Earnest responded with some boilerplate about building a broad international coalition.
When I followed up, though, he offered several examples of ground forces succeeding in the fight against ISIS…READ MORE