Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, John McCain (R-AZ) slammed the Obama administration's handling of the civil war threatening to disintegrate Iraq into three separate states, demanding that he replace his entire national security staff including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, "I say to the President of the United States, get a new national security team in place,” McCain said. “You have been ill-served by the national security team you have in place now."
In recent months the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has exploited the vacuum that followed the departure of U.S. forces from Iraq and the civil war in Syria and is moving toward its goal of creating an Islamic Caliphate across Sunni areas of Iraq and in Syria. ISIS used to be affiliated with al Qaeda but, according to Eli Lake of the Daily Beast, was "so extreme that al Qaeda disassociated itself from it."
As he entered a classified briefing about the situation in Iraq John McCain told reporters, "Everybody in his national security team, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ought to be replaced,"adding, "it’s a colossal failure of American security policy.”
After the briefing the Arizona Senator took to the Senate floor to blast Obama about the ISIS gains, blaming the President for pulling troops from Iraq and warning that he is about to do the same thing in Afghanistan. He called the Obama policy “withdrawal without victory." He added, "Because the President of the United States declares a conflict over does mean that in the eyes of the enemy it is over, conflicts end when the enemy is defeated.”
McCain ended with a demand for a complete overhaul of the national security team:
"I say to the President of the United States, get a new national security team in place. You have been ill-served by the national security team you have in place now, and the decisions you have made. Have that new national security team come up with a strategy to do whatever we can to prevent this direct threat to the national security of this nation."