Defense Secretary Ash Carter admitted in testimony Capitol Hill this morning that Iran will not be changing its bad behavior as a result of the nuclear deal.
Here's video of Carter's admission:
"Do you, Secretary Carter, believe that Iran will change its behavior as a result if this agreement is finalized? And have you seen any indication of that?" Senator John McCain asked this morning.
"I've not, Mr. Chairman," said Secretary Carter. "In speaking just from my own judgment I don't foresee that or have any reason to foresee that. That is why it's important that the agreement be verifiable. That is why it's important that Iran not have a nuclear weapon and that is also why it's important that we keep doing everything that we need to do. Defend our friends and allies, remain strong in the Gulf, freedom of navigation, ballistic missile defense--all of the things we're doing. We need to keep doing those things, and the agreement doesn't limit us in anyway. Obviously if Iran changes its behavior, that would be a welcome thing. But I see no reason to foresee that chairman, personally."
Bill Kristol appeared on ABC's This Week Sunday and said he is "finished" with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. At a political event in Iowa over the weekend, the New York businessman had criticized senator John McCain's record on veterans' issues and dismissed the Arizona Republican's status as a war hero because McCain had been captured by the Viet Cong and held in a prisoner camp for several years.
Rand Paul chided Rudy Giuliani for comments the former New York City mayor made about Barack Obama's love for his country. In a television interview with local Louisville station WAVE, Paul said, “it's one thing to disagree on policy” but “it’s a mistake to question people’s motives.”
In response to a report that the Obama administration may cut U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan to below 10,000, senators Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte, and John McCain have released a statement. Read it below:
We hope a recent press report that the White House is considering a post-2014 force in Afghanistan well below the recommendations of our military commanders is incorrect.
Secretary of State John Kerry is miffed and hurt. As Olivier Knox of Yahoo reports, Kerry feels that “his friend,” Senator John McCain, crossed some kind of line when Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations committee. Knox quotes a source (Mr. Unnamed) as saying:
Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson was a congressman and then senator from Washington state from 1941 until his death in 1983. Jackson was a traditional Democrat: liberal on domestic policy, strongly tied to the labor movement, and a hawk on national security matters. He was very much in the tradition of Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson, with all of whom he worked closely—as he did with George Meany and Lane Kirkland at the AFL-CIO, who were also Cold War hawks.
President Obama has some work to do if he wants congressional authority to bomb Syria. Already some of his liberal allies are questioning the evidence which is supposed to show that Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people.
Senator John McCain released this statement after learning the news that Russia had granted asylum to Edward Snowden:
“Russia’s action today is a disgrace and a deliberate effort to embarrass the United States. It is a slap in the face of all Americans. Now is the time to fundamentally rethink our relationship with Putin’s Russia. We need to deal with the Russia that is, not the Russia we might wish for. We cannot allow today’s action by Putin to stand without serious repercussions.
During hearings yesterday to reconfirm Gen. Martin Dempsey as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Sen. John McCain pushed Dempsey to find out where he stands on Syria. McCain noted that Dempsey supported arming the Syrian rebels in February and then changed his mind in April. "How do we account for those pirouettes?" McCain asked.
Senator John McCain gave backhanded praise to opponents of the immigration bill yesterday.
“We’re not winning this fight,” McCain, a proponent of the immigration bill, reportedly told Virginia-based trade publication Politico. “They are mounting a better campaign than we are — the opposition is.”