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 McCainTrump will likely win reelection in 2020 Kevin McLaughlin tapped to serve as NRSC executive director for 2020 Kasich on death of 7-year-old in Border Patrol custody: 'Shame on Congress' MORE (R-Ariz.), the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“I’m afraid that (White House chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughSenate Intel leaders ask judge not to jail former aide amid leak investigation Live coverage: Justice IG testifies before House on report criticizing FBI Ex-Obama chief of staff: Obama's Russia response was 'watered down' 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 FeinsteinSenate Dems urge Trump to continue nuclear arms control negotiations after treaty suspension Senate Intel leaders ask judge not to jail former aide amid leak investigation Dems demand Pompeo brief Congress on whether he discussed Assange with Ecuadorian official 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.