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February 10, 2016

McCarthy: ‘Friends Don’t Trust Us, Enemies Don’t Fear Us’


McCarthy was elected by his Republican colleagues to be the next House majority leader. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McCarthy said Obama needs to step up. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congress is working on legislation that would authorize more aggressive military action against terror group ISIS — but President Barack Obama has to step up and take the lead in the fight, said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

The California Republican, in a Tuesday interview on conservative talker Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, said he supports efforts to give the president authority to pursue Islamic extremists across borders. But he cautioned against Congress conducting foreign policy.

“We don’t need 535 foreign policy experts trying to run the military,” McCarthy told guest host Rep. John Campbell, R-Calif. “First and foremost, this president has to have a strategy. I mean, what is our foreign policy? I mean, I don’t know what it is. And if we don’t know what it is, our allies don’t know, and our enemies don’t know, so they’re pushing the envelope.

“We have a problem because America’s not leading. We need a very clear, concise foreign policy doctrine of America. Currently, our friends don’t trust us, and our enemies don’t fear us. That’s what’s going on in America today,” the four-term Republican said. “The president needs to develop a strategy. If you develop that strategy, we could say yes, support it or not. But we don’t need 535 foreign policy experts trying to run the military.

McCarthy’s comments echoed those of House Speaker John A. Boehner, who offered similar remarks a day earlier on the same show. 

Other Republicans — and some Democrats — have explicitly called for a ramped-up U.S.-led military response to jihadists in Iraq and Syria, where ISIS has a stronghold, as well as in other extremist hotspots around the globe.

Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va., is introducing legislation in the House that would give the president more authority to use U.S. forces against ISIS and others, while Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., announced a similar bill for the Senate.

Congress is set to return Monday from a month-long recess.

The action comes as lawmakers from both chambers and both parties expressed anger and frustration over Tuesday’s release of another video showing the beheading of an American journalist by extremists.



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  • papacito9999

    If coward McCarthy is so concerned about preserving liberty halfway around the world, he needs to get over there, revoke his citizenship, and fight these “enemies” himself. We seldom need some useless chickenhawk claiming he’s a proud American.

  • Dirk Diggler

    One minute Obama is a reckless tyrant making military decisions on his own with any oversight, or congressional approval..a king, a dictator. The next, he’s not leading, not taking charge, not showing leadership, not launching strikes for the sake of being tough and just doing something. The GOP cannot make up it’s mind. Now you know why the POTUS never works with congress. The right hand doesnt know what the far right hand is doing half the time.

  • Jack Everett

    Why are these fools so quick to want to expose our military plans to the enemy? This is just another stall by the corporate house to get their war profiteering plans down pat. These fools are more interested in playing hate monger with the president than doping their sworn job.

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