McCain: Obama has 'no strategy' on terror

McCain: Obama has 'no strategy' on terror
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President Obama on Sunday took criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle over his administration’s strategy to combat the growing terror threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq (ISIS) and Syria and al Qaeda.


The Obama administration is “delusional” to think it is winning the fight against these terror groups, said Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day McConnell urges GOP senators to 'keep your powder dry' on Supreme Court vacancy McSally says current Senate should vote on Trump nominee MORE (R-Ariz.), the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“I’m afraid that (White House chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughThe swamp wasn't drained — it expanded Susan Rice calls for Flynn-Kislyak transcripts to be released GOP seeks to go on offense using Flynn against Biden MORE) and the president have lost touch with reality,” McCain told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“There is no strategy,” he added. “It is delusional for them to think that what they’re doing is succeeding.”

The Obama administration has been dealing with the threat from ISIS for months, and is facing a new threat from al Qaeda in Yemen, where the government there has just fallen to terrorist forces.

McCain and Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinNames to watch as Trump picks Ginsburg replacement on Supreme Court McConnell says Trump nominee to replace Ginsburg will get Senate vote Top Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence MORE (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, agreed that sending troops to fight back is the only way to stop these terrorist forces.

So far, American troops have been training local forces to fight against these terror groups.

But McCain said this strategy have proven unsuccessful and is not a viable option going forward.

"For them to say, ‘We expect them to do it on their own,’ they’re not doing it on their own and they’re losing,” McCain said.

According to reports, some 6,000 ISIS troops have been killed as a part of these efforts, but Feinstein said “that’s not going to do it.”

"I do think we need some special operations in these countries, on the ground, more than just advisers,” she added.