By Jordy Yager - 08/18/13 02:27 PM EDT
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday slammed President Obama for not taking a firmer stance against the military leadership in Egypt, saying that the administration does not have a sound foreign policy and has lost “credibility” in the Arab world.
“There is no policy, and there is no strategy, and therefore, we react, and we react poorly,” said McCain on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“We have no credibility,” said McCain. “The administration called the Egyptians and said, ‘Look, if you do a coup, we’re going to cut off aid because that’s the law.’ And this administration did not do that after threatening to do so.
“We do have influence, but when you don’t use that influence, then you do not have that influence,” he added.
McCain said he initially wanted to give Egyptians time to reinstate a democratically elected government after former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was driven from office and the military took over.
“I wanted to give them the opportunity to do the right thing after the coup had taken place,” said McCain. “It was pretty clear, to the say the least, that they have not only not changed, but they have orchestrated a massacre.”
Reports said hundreds were killed after the military launched a crackdown on pro-Morsi supporters last week.
McCain said that the lack of U.S. action in Egypt has led for America’s standing in the region to be significantly diminished.
“For us to sit by and watch this happen is a violation of everything that we stood for,” he said. “And if we threaten something, as we did to cut off aid, and then not do it, then you lose your credibility and your influence.”