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McCain Slaps Obama: We Predicted Rise of ISIS

'Of course' we are at war, says senator
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2014 11:47 AM CDT
McCain Slaps Obama: We Predicted Rise of ISIS
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. (Read more John McCain stories.)

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