Frustrated with a lack of direction in Afghanistan, Senator John McCain, R-AZ will introduce a strategy for the nearly 16-year conflict when he returns to Washington, D.C. in September.
The strategy will be in an amendment that McCain will offer to the National Defense Authorization Act, an annual defense spending bill.
“I will offer an amendment based on the advice of some our best military leaders that will provide a strategy for success in achieving America’s national interests in Afghanistan,” McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement.
McCain, who has been calling for an updated strategy for Afghanistan, is following through on threats of providing the administration a strategy if one is not provided to Congress. Secretary of Defense James Mattis previously testified that the department would provide a strategy for Afghanistan within the context of a broader strategy for South Asia by mid-July.
“More than six months after President Trump’s inauguration, there still is no strategy for success in Afghanistan. Eight years of a ‘don’t lose’ strategy has cost us lives and treasure in Afghanistan. Our troops deserve better,” said McCain.
The United States has nearly 8,500 troops in Afghanistan both training, advising, and assisting the Afghan military, and conducting unilateral counter-terrorism missions against ISIS and al Qaeda.