CERNOBBIO, Italy – U.S. Sen. John McCain says he is disappointed with his party’s presidential candidate for sidestepping world affairs in his campaign for the White House, but he reserves his harshest words for the current dweller, blaming Barack Obama for inaction while the situation in Syria and elsewhere cries out for American leadership.
In an interview with The Associated Press in Italy on Saturday, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate criticized the man who won that election for not aiding rebels in Syria, abandoning Iraq and Afghanistan, and delaying tough decisions on Iran’s nuclear program.
In a way, it’s almost like watching a train wreck, he said of the apparent failure to stem Iran’s nuclear efforts.
The famous straight-talker acknowledged that talk on such matters was absent at both political conventions.
The election is about jobs and the economy, but a failed ... national security policy over time is going to lead to significant domestic problems, he said.
It’s the job of presidents and candidates to lead and articulate their vision for America’s role in the world. I think the president should lead and I think candidates for the presidency should lead and talk about it, and I’m disappointed that there hasn’t been more.
McCain is visiting Italy’s Ambrosetti Forum, an annual gathering of political and business leaders, together with fellow senators – Joe Lieberman and Lindsay Graham – following a tour that took them through the Middle East.