Republican Arizona Senator John McCain says President Obama is either ''in denial or overwhelmed'' by the threat of Islamic State militants. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican Arizona Senator John McCain suggested on Sunday that President Barack Obama does not properly understand the full threat to the U.S. posed by Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. Speaking on the CBS news program Face the Nation, McCain said the U.S. is now facing the largest, wealthiest and most powerful terror organization "in history". "I was astounded when the president of the United States said that the world has always been messy and it's been accentuated by social media," McCain said. "That means that the President of the United States is either in denial or overwhelmed...one of the two," McCain said. "One of the biggest mistakes ever made in my view in recent times was the president's overruling his entire national security team including the Secretary of State that argued two years ago for providing weapons for the Free Syria Army, that was a seminal moment," McCain said. Obama said on Thursday (August 28) the United States has not yet developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria, an acknowledgment that a decision had not been made on whether to launch air strikes against the militant group.