McCain Slaps Obama: We Predicted Rise of ISIS 'Of course' we are at war, says senator By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Sep 29, 2014 11:47 AM CDT 326 comments Comments Sen. John McCain speaks during a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine, on Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov) (Newser) – In a 60 Minutes interview last night, President Obama asserted that the US had "underestimated" the looming threat posed by ISIS, but John McCain strongly disagrees. "We predicted what would happen if we didn't leave residual force [in Iraq]," McCain tells CNN. "His intelligence comments—the intelligence people are pushing back hard. We predicted this and watched it. It was like watching a train wreck and warning every step of the way that this was happening." The latest crisis, he adds, is "a direct result of [Obama's] failure to leave a residual force behind," Politico reports. Are we currently at war? "Of course we are," he notes.