McCain on Obama Likening U.S. to Iran: "Only An Insane Person" Would Make Such A Comparison


Nationally-syndicated conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt interviews John McCain about Iran and George Shultz and Henry Kissinger's column criticizing the deal. McCain also slammed Secretary of State John Kerry as "delusional" for trying to sell the American people "a bill of goods."

HUGH HEWITT, HOST: Now I want to play for you, John McCain, three quick quotes. This is the President on Sundaycomparing Iran and the United States:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I think that it’s important to recognize that Iran’s a complicated country just like we’re a complicated country.

HEWITT: So is Iran a complicated country just like we’re a complicated country?

SEN. JOHN McCAIN: (laughing) Like I said, you can’t make it up. And where was this President in 2009 after a corrupt election that thousands and thousands of Iranians were in the streets chanting in English, Obama, Obama, are you with us or are you with them? And his response, and they shot to death a young woman name Neda, bled to death in the square in Iran, I’ll never forget seeing that, but meanwhile, he said he wanted to improve relations between the United States and the, get this, the Islamic Republic of Iran. And so of course he, I mean, only an insane person would compare the United States of America with a country that is governed by the ayatollahs who regularly hang people who, oh, well, a terrorist nation...

HEWITT: Well now, let’s turn to the Iran deal. Today, the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, said that the deal is no deal unless sanctions come off on day one, the same day Iran’s defense minister, Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said, “visits to our military centers is among our red lines.” Now I just think the hashtag #dontgoback is, I wouldn’t go back to the negotiating table. They just killed the deal, Senator McCain.

McCAIN: You know, they, in a way, you’ve got to give them a little sympathy in this respect, in that John Kerry must have known what was in it, and yet chose to interpret it in another way. It’s probably in black and white that the Ayatollah is probably right. John Kerry is delusional. And he came back, and in my view, I think you’re going to find out that they had never agreed to the things that John Kerry claimed that they had. So in a way, I can’t blame the Ayatollah, because I don’t think they ever agreed to it, and I think John Kerry tried to come back and sell a bill of goods, hoping maybe that the Iranians wouldn’t say much about it. But look, it’s delusional, and the worst thing about it, as we have talked before, Hugh, is that they believe that with this deal, somehow there’s going to be a new alignment in the whole Middle East, and we’re going to be partners with the Iranians. Well, you can imagine the reaction of the Sunni Arabs to it. when we had a hearing with General Austin, who is the head of Central Command that has responsibility there, I asked him in the hearing. When the Saudis started the bombing of Yemen, as you recall some days ago, and I asked him, when did the Saudis tell you that they were going to bomb Yemen, he told me one hour before. Now they have lost all confidence in the United States. They see this cozying up to the Iranians, and they are having to go their own way. And part of going their own way, by the way, is having their own nuclear capability. And the consequence of that long term are really very, very dangerous.

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