Senator John McCain sier ISIS’ erobring av Iraks neststørste by representerer en eksistensiell trussel mot USA. Han krever at Obamas sikkerhetsteam sparkes og at de som snudde krigen i Irak hentes inn.

McCain er klar over at det ikke finnes noen enkle løsninger, men han vil at USA skal forstå at ISIS representerer en eksistensiell trussel.

«We are now facing an existential threat to the security of the United States of America,» the Arizona Republican told MSNBC’s «Morning Joe» on Friday. «This has turned into one of the most serious threats to American security in recent history.»

McCain charged that «everyone in the national security team» of President Barack Obama should be fired. He suggested the president should bring in «the guys that won the war» in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. Jack Keane, to «devise a strategy, and then implement it with tactics.»

«I know that this team that [Obama’s] got around him now ought to be fired,» McCain said. «They have been a total failure.»

McCain legger skylden på Obama som trakk alle soldater ut av Irak i 2011. USA har alltid pleid å etterlate en kontigent som skal sørge for stabilitet.

«If we left the residual force behind that we could have, we would not be facing the crisis that we are today. Those are fundamental facts,» he said.

McCain defended the idea of a residual force in Iraq because the United States has kept residual forces in other countries like Korea, Germany, Japan, and Bosnia. 

«A residual force would have stabilized the country. Most military experts will tell you that,» he said. «You ignore history of what we’ve done after conflicts, which is to leave a stabilizing force behind, which is what we could have done in Iraq and avoided this debacle that we are in today.»