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McCain, Burr blast Obama ISIS plan while in Cary for Tillis

Posted October 15, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014

— During a campaign stop in Cary for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis on Wednesday, Republican U.S. Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Richard Burr of North Carolina did not mince words regarding their thoughts on the current administration's handling of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

McCain said President Barack Obama should take a page out of the U.S. military strategy against al-Qaeda in Iraq.

"We warned him and we told him – and so did every military leader – if you pull everybody out, things will go to hell, and they have," he said.

ISIS militants have used force to claim territory in Syria and Iraq to establish a caliphate – or a society run by strict Sharia law.

While the United States is leading an international effort to eradicate the group, Burr said the current strategy comes too late.

"For over a year and a half, I've called on the (Obama) administration to start an air campaign in Syria," he said. "I think, had we done that, we might not be battling ISIS in Iraq to the degree we are today."

At this point, McCain believes airstrikes will not be enough.

"The president is going to have to put boots on the ground in the form of forward air controllers and special forces people because the Iraqis can't fight," he said.

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  • miseem Oct 17, 2014

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    neant fo rthis My comment that it was a Bush, not a stalk was intended for this comment. Otherwise, the rest of my post applies to both.

  • Danny22 Oct 17, 2014

    Obama is way in over his head. The air strikes are political theater to get him past the elections. The muslim terrorists have no better friend than Obama.

  • miseem Oct 17, 2014

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    Looks like WRAL has cut comments on this, but I'll try again. A few questions - who did not respond when Russia invaded Georgia, did nothing substantial when North Korea conducted it's first nuclear test and failed to get reasonable control of Iraq after a stunning military victory initiated for false justifications, allowing al Qaeda to sink even deeper roots in the middle east? It wasn't a stalk. It was a Bush.

  • ncprr1 Oct 17, 2014

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    Obama is a laughing stalk around the world. He has zero respect from ANY foreign leaders...except maybe his friends at ISIS.

  • ohbumr Oct 17, 2014

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    highly regarded????? is that why putin is backing down???? is that why n. korea never threatens us? is that why ISIS is giving up????? Obama is making the US look weak because he is weak and was not cut out for this job.

  • lopo Oct 17, 2014

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    Really, European nations don't trust us because we were caught spying on them, Middle east takes our money and still hates us, Isreal has cut all ties, or I know, west Africa is happy sending all their Ebola patients to us.

  • ncprr1 Oct 17, 2014

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    It is common practice at WRAL to try to steer the conversation so that it fits their world view, which is far left. The majority of conservative comments are thrown out regardless of any posting rules.

  • srw4720 Oct 17, 2014

    I know what we can do, BLAME BUSH. We have done it for 7rs, not matter what the issue. Leaders do not blame anyone, they lead. Bush did good and bad like all presidents. But the 1 thing he did not do was to blame Clinton for anything bad, including let OS B L go when the military had him in 1995. What we need is to be plain, clear and resolute. The White House is more concerned about the next election than the next generation of Americans.

  • srw4720 Oct 17, 2014

    Pretty simple
    If you like Ob and what he is doing for/to our country, vote for hagan. If you want change, vote Tillis. Anybody who is reasonably intelligent knows the country is not going in the right direction. When our leader is more concerned about climate change that Isis, we are in trouble.

  • caronia49 Oct 17, 2014

    It is a disgrace that WRAL will only post the few liberal comments. Everyone should be blasting Obama and his puppets....

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