Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) delivered his own wide-ranging foreign policy speech as he took the floor for the weekly GOP address.
McCain bashed President Obama’s foreign policy, that under his administration “we’ve been on a holiday from American leadership.”
He said Obama has “no strategy to successfully reverse the tide of slaughter and mayhem in a world that Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper says has not faced more crises and more refugees than we confront today,” and criticized his approach to ISIS and the civil war in Syria.
“We know the so-call ‘cease fire’ in Syria does ultimately collapse, we know what happens next: more barrel bombs and slaughter of the innocent by the murderous regime of Bashar Assad … and ultimately a stronger ISIL that will benefit from the chaos left behind.”
McCain touched on Russia and said Vladimir Putin is learning that “diplomacy can be manipulated to serve his strategic ambitions.”
“Indeed, two years after Russia invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea, President Obama has shamefully refused to provide Ukrainian forces with the lethal assistance they need to defend themselves.”
He argued that the administration has failed to defend our interests against China’s actions as a “petty bully.”
“President Obama has failed to take timely action to defend our interests and our allies fearing China might be less likely to cooperate on priorities he thought were more important, like climate change and the reckless Iran nuclear deal,” he said. “And as a result, China’s increasingly assertive behavior continues.”
McCain called Obama’s reaction to ISIS “reactive, slow and insufficient.”
“We have achieved some tactical and operational success against ISIL thanks to the excellence of our military leadership and our troops on the ground,” he said. “But at a strategic level, we always seem to be a step behind, a day late, and a dollar short.”
“If history has taught us anything, it is that while America cannot solve all the world’s problems, none of its problems will be solved without American leadership. We can—and must—return to the principle of ‘peace through strength’ for the sake of our men and women who are serving and the security of our nation,” McCain concluded.
Source: The HILL, 30 APRIL 2016