Recently, Arizona Senator John McCain criticized Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for claiming that the capture of Ramadi by the Islamic State (ISIS) wasn’t symbolic.
“My son and many others gave their future in Ramadi. Ramadi mattered to them. Many military analysts say that as goes Ramadi so goes Iraq,” Lee wrote in her letter published on the Fox News website on Monday.
McCain said that “we lost hundreds of American soldiers and Marines killed and wounded” in Ramadi.
“Ramadi is the capital of Anbar province.”
There are “190,000 refugees now, according to news reports, of people driven from their homes, not to mention the rest of the slaughter,” the Arizona Republican said.
“And this chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff dismisses it, not only as not symbolic, but not part of the caliphate. Not part of the caliphate? Who declared it as part of the caliphate?” McCain asked.
“It’s an insult to the men and women who served there, and certainly the families of those who suffered and died there,” he said.
“The message to ISIS — ‘We don’t care. Go ahead and take the capital of Anbar province, the heartland of the Sunnis,’ who they absolutely need, if they’re going to beat back ISIS,” McCain said.
“That’s the message that they’re sending to the Sunnis, that it doesn’t matter,” he said.
“It is so angering. It is so frustrating. And the men and women who are serving now are reflecting that,” he added.
“I’m hearing from the men and women in the military, who do not believe in this leadership anymore.”