Sen. McCain Proposes New Strategy in Afghanistan

FILE–In this July 27, 2017, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCain says he hates the healthy diet his wife and daughter are forcing on him as he fights an aggressive form of brain cancer but expects to return to the Senate next month. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, file)

Sen. John McCain of Arizona is proposing a new “strategy for success” in Afghanistan. He’s calling for increasing the number of U.S. counterterrorism forces and giving them a freer hand to target the Taliban, Islamic State and other terrorist groups.

McCain chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee. He declared Thursday that “America is adrift in Afghanistan.”

The Republican senator has been openly critical of the Trump administration for failing to produce a plan for winning in Afghanistan. President Donald Trump has resisted the Pentagon’s recommendation to boost U.S. troop levels.

McCain says he’ll seek a vote when the Senate returns in September and takes up the annual defense policy bill.

His amendment to the bill calls for a “long-term, open-ended” U.S.-Afghanistan partnership that includes an “enduring U.S. counterterrorism presence.”

Source: Associated Press