Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) stated on Fox News Sunday that the Obama administration’s closing of 22 embassies around the world demonstrated weakness. “Al Qaeda’s on the rise,” McCain said. “They have been on the rise. They have continued to penetrate. Al Qaeda is strengthening every day in every way because of a lack of American leadership and policy. The only American policy that I can think of that President Obama is practicing is that, one, he’s not Bush and, second, that the United States is withdrawing. … Without a strong policy, we are in trouble.”
McCain said that the United States had blown its credibility on Syria after President Obama’s promise that the use of chemical weapons in the country would cross a “red line.” “There is a perception throughout the Middle East that there’s no American leadership,” McCain said.