Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) unveiled his unsurprising new strategy for the failing war in Afghanistan: send in more troops.
A troop increase proposal would be included as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act 2018 that’s expected to come up for a vote next month, McCain announced.
“America is adrift in Afghanistan. President Obama’s ‘don’t lose’ strategy has put us on a path to achieving the opposite result,” McCain said in a statement Thursday.
“Now, nearly seven months into President Trump’s administration, we’ve had no strategy at all as conditions on the ground have steadily worsened. The thousands of Americans putting their lives on the line in Afghanistan deserve better from their commander-in-chief.”
“We must face facts: we are losing in Afghanistan and time is of the essence if we intend to turn the tide,” McCain added.
McCain has constantly proposed this ‘new’ strategy of more troops in the Middle East for over a decade.
In 2015, McCain called for Washington to nearly triple their military forces in Iraq and Syria to 20,000 troops to counter ISIS, who have since lost all their major strongholds, including Raqqa and Mosul, since President Trump took office.
And in 2009, halfway into the war, McCain called on Obama for a troop increase in Afghanistan.
“It’s clear we need additional troops. And the longer we wait and delay, the more Americans will be put at risk unnecessarily,” he said.
The Arizona senator had even requested increases of 15,000 to 30,000 troops in Iraq as far back as 2006, which history has shown to be completely pointless given ISIS’ takeover of the region on 2013 due to destabilizing neocon policies.
It’s clear that ending the wars in the Middle East requires a deeper strategy than simply troop increases, as it was that type of thinking perpetuated by Obama that worsened conditions in the region that led to the rise of ISIS and the migrant crisis plaguing Europe today.
“Hillary Clinton created ISIS with Obama – created with Obama,” Trump said weeks before his inauguration.