McCain: ISIS Taking Ramadi Is a 'Disgraceful Chapter in American History'
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) reacted on "Your World" to ISIS reportedly gaining control of Ramadi after Iraqi government forces abandoned the city.
An estimated 25,000 people fled from the key Iraqi city after ISIS fighters began their assault on the city center over the weekend.
Fox News reported:
The takeover followed a three-day siege that began with a wave of ISIS car bombs and which dealt a devastating blow to the Baghdad government and the U.S. forces providing logistical support. On Monday, Shia militias converged on the city, some 70 miles west of the capital, in a bid to retake it.
Ramadi's streets were deserted Monday, with few people venturing out of their homes to look for food, according to two residents reached by telephone.
The militants, meanwhile, were storming the homes of policemen and pro-government tribesmen, particularly those from the large Al Bu Alwan tribe, of whom they detained about 30, the residents said. The militants went door-to-door with lists of alleged pro-government collaborators. Homes and stores owned by a pro-government Sunni militia known as the Sahwa were looted or torched.
McCain told Neil Cavuto that he's not surprised ISIS has gained control of Ramadi.
"I'm no longer surprised, but just so deeply disappointed," McCain stated. "This is a failure of a policy, which is not enough of everything."
He said that the U.S. should have done more to prevent this from happening.
"My friend Lindsey Graham and I predicted exactly, unfortunately, what was going to happen in Iraq when the president of the United States, against all logic, withdrew every one of our troops from Iraq," McCain stated.
McCain added that the Obama administration still doesn't have a strategy or plan to combat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
"This is an abject failure. It is really one of the more unfortunate, in my view, disgraceful chapters in American history," McCain said.
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