By Eric Garland - 01/29/14 10:14 AM EST
Sen. John McCainJohn McCainEven in defeat, Trump could harm the country irreparably NY Jets owner said to back Trump McConnell sets up vote to begin debate on defense policy bill 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?"
"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.