McCain Unsure Who To Trust On The Nuclear Deal: Kerry Or Iran’s Leader

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to workers at MD Helicopters, Friday, May 30, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz. McCain addressed numerous issues, including the ongoing VA situation, in the town hall style meeting. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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WASHINGTON — One of the ironic things about the Iran nuclear deal is that it has left skeptics torn over whether to trust Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei against the word of the United States government.

The Obama administration and leaders of Iran are selling the deal to their respective countries, each playing up the elements most favorable to them. There is no final accord, but rather a framework backed by global powers to eventually (the timing is unclear) lift economic sanctions on Iran while cutting off its paths to building a nuclear bomb and imposing international inspections.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is one of the skeptics who thinks the U.S. is getting a raw deal in part because Khamenei has said the sanctions ought to be lifted immediately, a demand the U.S. disagrees with.

“The fact is there are stark differences between John Kerry’s version of what this agreement is, and what the ayatollah — who doesn’t stand for election — says about what the agreement is,” McCain told a scrum of reporters Tuesday in the Capitol.

Is the Iranian leader’s version more believable?

“I don’t know,” McCain said. “But it certainly shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand. I don’t know who’s more believable. But I know that there are stark differences.”

TPM also asked McCain about his latest war of words with former rival President Barack Obama, who recently said the senator’s criticism of Kerry as “delusional” reveals the extent to which “partisanship has crossed all boundaries.”

“The president has this habit of personalizing his disagreements and it’s just in keeping with that,” McCain responded. “Same thing he says about the prime minister of Israel with other members of the Senate. It’s unfortunate.”

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  1. He’s right about not personalizing arguments, that fucking cunt.

  2. When you’ve decided to be both a Traitor and a Seditionist, there’s no reason not to go all-in.

  3. I despise that friggin’ bitter old goat. He needs to be put out to pasture, never to be heard from again.

    He hasn’t had a single word to say that doesn’t stem from resentment and pettiness since Pres Obama kicked his wrinkled ol’ keester.

  4. Looking forward to his funeral.

  5. As an Arizonan, I can’t and don’t trust you.

    It amazes me that these stupid fools continue to vote for you after being #3 in the keating 5. And, after being the senator with the worse attendance record. And, you being the biggest sore loser whiner ever!!

    Besides lobbying to open the grand canyon lands to open pit strip uranium mining, what have YOU ever done for Arizona?

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