Republican Sen. John McCain says President Obama is ''delusional'' in thinking U.S. policy in Yemen is working, as Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein defends what she says is Obama's ''difficult position''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Republican U.S. Senator from Arizona John McCain said on the CBS news program Face the Nation on Sunday (January 25) that President Obama and his White House Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough, are "delusional" in thinking that the U.S. policy in Yemen is working.
Obama on Sunday defended his administration's drone-based counter-terrorism strategy against al Qaeda militants in Yemen, saying the alternative would be to deploy U.S. troops, which was not sustainable.
McCain was also reacting to McDonough's comments earlier in the program in which he said "we weren't surprised that this government collapsed", referring to the collapse of Yemen's Western-backed government last week.
"There is no strategy," McCain countered. "It is delusional for them to think that what they're doing is succeeding and we need more boots on the ground," he said.
"I know that is a tough thing to say and a tough thing for Americans to swallow, but it doesn't mean the 82nd Airborne. It means forward air controllers. It means special forces. It means intelligence and it means other capabilities. And for them to say we expect them to do it on their own, they're not doing it on their own. And they are losing," Mc Cain said.
Democratic California Senator Dianne Feinstein defended what she said was President Obama's "difficult position", saying "no one knows what is going to happen" in Yemen.
"The future is unknown, which really should not be the case. We know that the Houthis have said they would leave us alone, and yet their slogan is "Death to America, "Death to Israel." They have deposed the president. The military has separated off. We have less than 300 Yemeni military guarding our embassy."
Feinstein said a number one priority is to ensure that U.S. staff in Yemen remain safe.
"The second is to take a good look at our policy with respect to Yemen and it's largely counterterrorism." she said.
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