Republican senators blasted President Obama for his "failed" foreign policies, particularly in the Middle East, for nearly an hour on Thursday.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems confront Kelly after he calls some immigrants 'lazy' McConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Defense: Latest on spending fight - House passes stopgap with defense money while Senate nears two-year budget deal | Pentagon planning military parade for Trump | Afghan war will cost B in 2018 MORE (R-Ky.) kicked off the Senate floor event, where seven other Republicans joined him.

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“The president has weakened the national security posture of the United States,” McConnell said. “He’s displayed an inflexible commitment to policy positions that would erode America’s standing in the world. And he’s refused to change course as circumstances have changed.”

McConnell criticized Obama for his policies with Russia, China, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

An extremist militant group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has taken over several major Iraqi cities, advancing to the outskirts of Baghdad. The administration has sent hundreds of troops to protect the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Republicans have blamed Obama, saying he ended the Iraq War too early. McConnell said Obama’s attempt to keep campaign promises to end wars has sacrificed gains in the region.

“The dogged adherence to withdrawing our conventional strength and sticking to campaign promises has created a more dangerous world, not a more stable one,” McConnell said. “President Obama’s withdrawal-at-all-costs policy regarding Iraq has proved deeply harmful to U.S. interests, and it ignores the tremendous sacrifices made by our service members.”

GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrOvernight Cybersecurity: Trump poised to allow release of intel memo | GOP chair threatens to subpoena DHS over Kaspersky docs | Pompeo defends meeting Russian spy chief Furor grows over Nunes intel memo Pelosi calls on Ryan to oust Nunes over ‘bogus’ memo MORE (N.C.), James Inhofe (Okla.), John Cornyn (Texas) and Jeff Sessions (Ala.) joined McConnell.

McCain called on Obama to immediately use airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Burr urged Obama not to remove forces from Afghanistan the way he did in Iraq.

"Leaving Afghanistan before our work is done will not end the fight," Burr said. "It will bring the fight to our doorstep here at home."