McCain: Obama Needs a New National-Security Team

by Molly Wharton

Senator John McCain believes that the president needs a new national-security team in order to counter the radical Islamic terrorism that is sweeping across Iraq. “We need a new team that knows what America’s national security interests are, and are more interested in national security than they are in politics,” he said on the Senate floor. 

McCain advised calling together those military strategists who succeeded in Iraq “so that they can develop a policy to reverse this tide of radical Islamic extremism which directly threatens the security of the United States of America.” He noted General David Petraeus, General James Mattis, General Jack Keane, and Bob Kagan as individuals who “know what it is to succeed in conflict.”

He also mentioned that there is a group of people, which includes himself, who warned that ”an American lack of reliability and American weakness” would lead to events such as those unfolding now in Iraq. He also blamed Obama for ”declaring that conflicts are at an end when they are not.” 

“Drastic measures need to be taken,” McCain said. ”It’s time that the president got a new national-security team.”

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