Sen. John McCain, a retired naval aviator, has a history of confronting military leaders he feels have fallen short.
His latest target: Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary.
Kirby’s recent statement that the U.S.-led coalition campaign against the Islamic State was “having some success” provoked the ire of the Arizona Republican in a mid-October interview, with congressional mid-term elections weeks away.
“It’s the most amazing thing — the spin and the lies out of this White House,” McCain said in an interview last week on the Tyler Cralle Show on 980 WAAV-AM. “It’s unbelievable. This idiot Admiral Kirby was asked, I think yesterday, that said, ‘John McCain says that we are losing, what do you say?’ The guy, you gotta run it, you gotta run it. Blah. Blah. Blah. Blah. Blah. I mean, it’s amazing.
“And how can they possibly now, with ISIS taking about two-thirds of the [Syrian] city of Kobani, they’re saying this is effective,” continued McCain, who is next up for reelection in 2016.