McCain: SOTU 'empty' on national security

Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMulvaney vows to give Trump straight talk on entitlements Overnight Defense: McCain grills Trump's budget pick | Dems seek to limit Trump on nukes | Senators weigh new round of base closures Overnight Finance: Deficit to hit 1B in 2019 | Trump meets with automakers | Inside Mick Mulvaney's confirmation hearings for OMB MORE (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday criticized President Obama for not fully addressing national security concerns with al Qaeda in his State of the Union address.

McCain criticized the president for his optimism on national security, especially after news the Iraqi city of Fallujah had fallen to al Qaeda forces.

"National security was totally empty," McCain told The Hill after Obama's speech. "We are out of Iraq and Fallujah, after we lost 96 brave Americans and 600 wounded, and that's a success?"

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McCain also blamed the Obama administration for mishandling military strategy in Afghanistan and said the U.S. government has "lost the peace" in that country.

"Look what happened in Iraq; we pulled everybody out; we could have kept a residual force. We didn't, and now it's back into the hands of al Qaeda," he said. "Those parents [of U.S. soldiers] have to ask, 'Why was my son there?' "

"Gen. Petraeus said we won the war but lost the peace because of this president, and the same thing is happening in Afghanistan," McCain said.