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Updated Jun 13, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Sen. John McCain: Air strikes needed in Iraq

After President Barack Obama's "wake-up call" and statement Friday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) joined Rob & Karie to discuss how the U.S. is handling foreign affairs in the Middle East.

"The major problem right now is that the most virulent and worst terrorist group has taken over the second-largest city in Iraq," said McCain.

McCain's concern appeared to stem from the power of Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki.

"Politically there is a real problem and we need Maliki to step down in favor of a coalition government," he said.

His plan?

"I think we should have air strikes," said McCain. "I think we could even have special-ops on the ground."

He continued to express his fear of terrorist groups, such as ISIS, continuing to grow and gaining further control in the Middle East, primarily Baghdad.

"If we don't [use American force] then the Iranians are going to come in -- and then it'll be the Iranians who are in charge of Baghdad, and that is in our worst interest," he said.

Although McCain encouraged the idea of force in Iraq, he was discouraged by the reactions of American security and intelligence leaders.

"This team has got to go," McCain said. "This team has been an utter and abject failure."

McCain believes that the U.S. must take action in the hope that allies will follow.

"This has been a failed foreign policy and one which is going to put the United States in danger," said McCain.

Although Obama stated his team will wait before taking further action, McCain believes "time is not on our side."

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