McCain ‘Not too Surprised’ Obama Missed Majority of Intelligence Briefings

Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 02:35 PM

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says he’s "not too surprised" by The Washington Post report showing President Barack Obama made it to only 44 percent of his national intelligence briefings through May.

"This was the same Sen. Obama who said the surge would not succeed, that it was doomed to fail," McCain told Fox News Tuesday, The Hill reports.

"This was the same president who has pulled all of our troops out of Iraq without leaving a residual force, and the place is unraveling. Al Qaeda is making a comeback. The prime minister is in the pocket of the Iranians. They’ve just sentenced the vice president to death.”

Obama’s policy on Syria is no better, McCain says. “He stands by and watches thousands being massacred without even saying a word on their behalf,” the senator stated.

“They need weapons to defend themselves, and this president does nothing. How can you not speak up on behalf of these people who are being massacred by the hundreds every day using Iranian weapons, Russian weapons, al-Qaida, and other terrorist organizations. It’s mind boggling.”

As for Afghanistan, “it’s unraveling because all the president talks about is withdrawal and leaving,” McCain said. “You’re seeing a resurgence of al-Qaida there.”

Thus Obama gets a failing grade for Mideast policy, McCain says. "As far as the Middle East is concerned, this president's national security policy has been an abysmal failure. I have not seen a more feckless foreign policy since President Carter,” he said.



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