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The nation’s top military leaders faced tough questions regarding the fight against ISIS Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Both military leaders defended President Obama’s strategy to defeat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, but were were quickly criticized by Republican Senators who say U.S. efforts in the region are failing.
Sen. John McCain, R-Az., lashed out at the Obama administration’s anti-ISIS strategy on Tuesday, saying it was failing and risked leaving the next president with a “disaster.”
“Our means and our current level of effort are not aligned with our ends,” McCain said. “That suggests we are not winning, and when you are not winning in war, you are losing.”
McCain’s remarks were made in a hearing one day after Obama spoke publicly about his anti-ISIS strategy.
Obama said that despite the terror group’s growing threat, it has actually lost ground on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria, according to NBCNews.
But McCain said the president’s approach was inadequate, and he challenged Obama to find “a new direction.”
“This needs to happen sooner rather than later, or the disaster the next president will inherit — in the Middle East, but also far beyond it — will be overwhelming,” McCain said.
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