(WASHINGTON) — Sen. John McCain was critical of President Obama’s foreign policy record Sunday morning on ABC’s This Week, saying that the administration has been “leading from behind” on the issue of Syria and its broader Middle East policy.
“How could we not stand up for these people? How could we sit by and watch this slaughter go on, while the president of the United States is totally silent,” McCain said on the topic of Syria.
McCain criticized the president’s recent creation of an Atrocities Prevention Board — an executive board designed to monitor and defuse international threats and atrocities through diplomacy and intelligence — as the United States has not directly intervened in Syria.
“Thousands of people being massacred in the streets, and the president — I’m not making this up — goes to the Holocaust Museum, where we said never again, and says that he is setting up an Atrocities Prevention Board,” McCain said. “I’m not making that up. Instead of standing up for the people of Syria, who are — who are being massacred and slaughtered, tortured, rape — terrible.”
McCain also criticized the president for his handling of Iraq and his commitment to withdraw, saying that the country is unraveling while the president “keeps bragging about Iraq.”
“The whole situation is unraveling,” McCain said. “In the words of Gen. Keane, the architect of the surge, we won the war and are losing the peace, thanks to the president’s commitment to get completely out.”
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