McCain: New policy, outlook needed in Middle East
Senator sees U.S. gains 'unraveling'
- Duration 6:16
- Date Sep 14, 2012
Senator sees U.S. gains 'unraveling'
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-- we continue this morning to -- scenes of anti American rage in Egypt and throughout the Middle East.
Growing concerns at the White House response to the deaths of four Americans two diplomats and two former Navy SEALs.
That something in that response from the White House may be lacking.
Here is secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
Let me state very clearly and I hope it is obvious.
That the United States government had absolutely.
Nothing to do with this video.
-- -- its contents.
America's commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation.
Joined by Republican Arizona Senator John McCain ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee who has called.
The foreign policy of the administration the Obama administration.
-- less in recent days he joins me now.
Senator good morning good to have you with us today.
I have a lot of respect for the secretary of state.
That but the question that's raised I think by her comment is whether or not we need to focus so much on this movie.
And whether or not -- -- ridiculous notion that that the United States had anything to do with this movie.
Are are we taking our eye off the larger picture here in that focus.
But I think we're taking -- out the larger picture and respected.
In this day and age anybody can get on the Internet can make a movie -- an hour or two wouldn't.
For us to then assume.
That we have to make sure that everybody knows we're not responsible for it.
It is and should not be necessary there's a larger problem here.
That they have Middle East has gone through a transition and one that was going to happen sooner or later in my view dictators never last forever.
But obviously the policy afterwards has not been to the benefit at least in some cases.
To democracy and freedom and that kind of relationship that we would like to have with these countries.
Part of that marches throughout the region they know we're -- they believe were weak and they believe we are withdrawing.
Iraq is unraveling Afghanistan is headed.
In the wrong direction 30020000.
People have been massacred in Syria the -- United States has not said a word.
We are over sort of -- -- passive.
Situation while these events unfold.
And we need a new policy in new outlook towards the region.
-- you know if there's -- striking pictures next to us on the screen right now.
And it is a huge barricade that separates two -- square from the US embassy.
In Egypt and it illustrates really so much I think about what's going on here but you you just touched on as something that's very significant.
You're basically saying that there's a belief in the Middle East that the US is in withdrawn load.
Elaborate on that forming Iraq Afghanistan the increase that we're seeing in deaths in those countries now.
And I think you would say and how let's just say that if this if this what you believe.
That was that we turned our back in those situations and that it may come back to bite us.
I'm very much so look Senator Obama said -- surge would never work that President Obama.
Got us out we should've had a residual force there.
We spent so much blood and treasure in Iraq.
It's now -- grappling.
-- what can you see in the camp of the Iranians that.
The that the al-Qaeda is returning violence is there that the country is in danger of breaking out and Sunni Shia and Kurds has so.
We have in the words of general -- we wanna warm with a loss of peace in Afghanistan.
All the -- does -- tell people that were withdrawing.
Tell among others draw the appropriate conclusions.
And a course in Syria.
Here's people standing up and literally sacrificing their lives and Natalie who would not help them by giving them arms to have a -- -- be more of a fair fight.
When's the last time you heard the president United States say a word -- -- of these people who are being massacred.
They take all these lessons and then they draw appropriate conclusions.
Do you know.
At what I listen to Hillary Clinton talking about that the movie.
To me it is so striking it you know it and I am asking this TO.
Are we looking -- situation that we -- -- pass and settle down in the coming weeks or will we look back and see this moment.
And the brutal assassination of Chris Stevens and three other Americans as a turning point that opened at powder keg in the Middle East.
These demonstrations were probably at least in the short term be under control but the question -- this.
Do you see -- return of al-Qaeda in Iraq do you see this.
Bloodletting continue for months and months and months and Syria where people are.
Raped tortured and murdered with the assistance of Russian remember the end reset that button.
And the Iranians.
On the ground -- will we see.
Continued movement in countries like Egypt towards.
Radical Islamic behavior.
That's the question I think that's more important to our future in the Middle East and in my view.
Our policies have failed since the Arab Spring began and we have to do things a lot differently.
Do you think the American people care enough about this subject to great to move.
The boats in this coming election.
I'd like to tell you yes I don't know I understand -- Economic conditions.
Is bad as serious as they are.
But the traditional role of America is in America leads this president believes in leading from behind.
He does not believe in American -- -- and that accounts for his behavior.
And even stay in failing to stand up for people that are fighting for freedom.
You know we always do WW -- RRD.
What would Ronald Reagan do we thank you as always Senator John McCain.