McCain: Al-Qaeda ‘On the Rise’

by Sterling Beard

Senator John McCain (R., Ariz.) told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace today that the Obama administration had engaged in “semantic gymnastics” to claim that the core of al-Qaeda had been decimated.

“You can’t say that and at the same time have to close embassies and consulates all over the Middle East,” McCain said.

The president in a press conference on Friday told reporters that the core of al-Qaeda’s leadership has been “decimated” and that the terrorist group has spun off into regional organizations such as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

“Look, al-Qaeda’s on the rise, they have been on the rise, they have continued to penetrate,” McCain countered, blaming a “lack of American leadership and policy” for the group’s resurgence.

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