“We have no strategy. And we are losing. When you’re not winning, you’re losing. And the ANA, the Afghan National Army, is taking unacceptable losses,” McCain told CBS news channel.
His remarks come as the United States is about to announce its new strategy against terrorism in Afghanistan and the region which is welcomed by the Afghan government.
“We are going to have a new strategy. You know, they’re coming to us and ask for additional funds, for additional people, and additional missions,” McCain said.
The Arizona Republican Senator, who recently visited Afghanistan, also said that after announcing the new strategy, the U.S. will authorize funding and troops and military support to Afghanistan.
“You know, we all know what the problem is. It’s in the White House. They’ve got to get their act together, announce a strategy. That has to be done by the president,” he said.
“We’ve got to win there. Don’t forget 9/11. And here is what we need to do to get there. Unfortunately, there is so much disarray within the White House. But I am confident the United States of America, the best and strongest nation on earth, can do it,” he added.
Currently, more than 8,400 U.S. troops with additional 5,000 NATO forces are in Afghanistan, mainly engaged in training and advising the Afghan security forces.
However, under the U.S. new strategy, the current number of coalition troops is expected to increase about 4,000 more soldiers. Recently, at the NATO Defense Ministers meeting 15 countries have announced to send additional troops to Afghanistan.