John McCain: US has 'no credibility' in Middle East
By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com
Egyptian woman cry after killing her relative after clashes broke out during a demonstration in support of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi, in Cairo Egypt on August 16, 2013. Muslim Brotherhood protests plunged into violence across Egypt on Friday, with around 50 killed in Cairo alone on a "Day of Rage" called by Islamist followers of ousted President Mohamed Mursi to denounce a police crackdown. UPI/Ahmed Jomaa | License Photo
Sen. John McCain said the United States' inability to affect events in the Middle East is because the country has failed to wield its influence by cutting off military aid to Egypt.
"We have no credibility. We do have influence, but when you don't use that influence, then you do not have that influence,” McCain said. "There is no policy, and there is no strategy. And therefore, we react and we react poorly."
The Arizona Republican, who traveled with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to Cairo earlier this month, called on the Obama administration to cut off the $1.3 billion in aid to Egypt, much of which ends up in the hands of the military.
“I also would point out that the Mubarak regime and this regime is stoking anti-Americanism to a large degree, and anti-Israel rhetoric is very high,” he said. “I believe that Israel can defend itself, although it may be of some cost to them, but look at the cost of American credibility."