Sen. John McCain on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of Republican lawmakers saying that the Islamic State group (ISIS) must be completely wiped out rather than merely contained.
“Kill ’em,” the U.S. senator from Arizona told Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren when she asked how the United States should deal with the terrorist group that has threatened to attack America.
“They’ve got to be destroyed, and you’ve got to have a goal … and we have to have a strategy to fit that goal and policies that will implement it. We have none of the above,” McCain said.
The Islamic State group released a video Tuesday claiming to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff. The video came two weeks after journalist James Foley was beheaded by the same group.
McCain was critical of President Barack Obama, who said last week that he had no strategy for dealing with the Islamic State group in Syria. The United States is currently hitting the group with limited airstrikes in Iraq.
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