Failure of American Leadership
US Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said that the recent world events, including the situation in Syrian Aleppo, alleged interference of Russia in the US presidential elections and the seizure of a US underwater drone in the international waters of South China Sea, all happened because the United States is losing its leadership in the world.
"This is the sign of a possible unraveling of the world order that was established after World War II, which has made one of the most peaceful periods in the history of the world… We're starting to see the strains and the unraveling of it, and that is because of the absolute failure of American leadership," McCain told the CNN broadcaster in an interview.
McCain added that when the United States does not hold a leading position in the world, "a lot of other bad people do".
The United States has sided with the so-called "moderate opposition" forces in Syria, calling for President Bashar Assad to step down. The Syrian city of Aleppo became a major battleground over recent months as battles raged on between the government-held western zone and militant-controlled eastern districts. On Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that Aleppo was now under full government control with the Syrian army operation to retake the eastern districts completed.
On December 9, US media reported that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) allegedly concluded Russia was involved in hacking of US election systems to help US President-elect Donald Trump win the presidency. Russian officials have repeatedly denied any interference in the US elections, calling the allegations absurd and an attempt to distract US voters from domestic issues.
On Friday, reports emerged of a Chinese warship seizing a US underwater drone in the international waters of the disputed South China Sea region.
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