- Associated Press - Thursday, September 13, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain is accusing President Obama of pursuing “a feckless foreign policy” that has compromised American influence around the world.

Mr. McCain, Arizona Republican, told NBC’s “Today” show, “I’d like to see the president of the United States speak up once for the 20,000 people that are being massacred in Syria.”

Mr. McCain, who lost to Mr. Obama in the 2008 presidential election, said Thursday the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was fresh evidence of “a belief in the Middle East that the United States is withdrawing” from the world.

He also said the initial American Embassy response to unrest in Libya was “a very weak statement.” Mr. McCain wouldn’t comment on whether Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was wrong to criticize Mr. Obama so quickly in the wake of the attack.

Mr. Obama, in an interview Wednesday with the Spanish television network Telemundo, said that “the United States doesn’t have the option of withdrawing from the world.”