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McCain: Obama Foreign Policy Makes World More 'Dangerous, Unstable'

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 03:00 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

The world is "more dangerous and more unstable" because of the Obama administration's foreign policy, Sen. John McCain says.

President Barack Obama outlined his foreign policy vision for the remainder of his term during a commencement address Wednesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The president said the United States has "rarely been stronger relative to the rest of the world," and said those who thought otherwise were "either misreading history or engaged in partisan politics."

"The world is obviously safer since the end of the Cold War, because there is no longer the threat of nuclear exchange. But, I would argue, that it is more dangerous and more unstable in the last five years of this presidency than it has ever been," the Arizona
Republican told Fox News' "Happening Now" on Wednesday.

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McCain is a decorated war veteran and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees. He said the best example of America's lack of leadership came when the U.S. failed to leave "a force behind in Iraq, which is the same thing that we are about to do in Afghanistan."

The threat posed to countries around the world by the militant group al-Qaida is ever-present, McCain insisted. He said that despite arguments to the contrary by the Obama administration, the core of al-Qaida has not been "wiped out" but has "replaced themselves and spread out all over the Middle East."

The credibility of the United States is in question because of the "red line" threat Obama made in 2012 toward Syria and its use of chemical weapons on its people, McCain suggested. He said the president's failure to follow through on the threat "reverberated all around the globe."

"America is not weak. America is unreliable. And that's why no one trusts us, whether that be in the Middle East, or whether it be as far away as Japan, where all these countries are looking at the options without American leadership," McCain said.

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