WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says “every country” in the Middle East will go nuclear if the U.S. makes a nuclear deal with Iran.
Speaking Monday on Fox News, McCain predicted that “every country in the region is going to go nuclear if we sign this deal” amid Iranian nuclear negotiations and a U.S. visit by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu making a case against such an agreement.
“Every country in the region is going to go nuclear if we sign this deal. I have heard from Middle Eastern leaders direct that they will go nuclear, and you will see a nuclearization of the entire region,” said McCain. “And why not? And by the way the Saudis have got a lot of money. It wouldn’t take much to purchase a couple of them from Pakistan.”
McCain said the foreign minister of a Middle East country and other senators in Munich have told him they are “beginning to believe it is far better to be an enemy of the United States than a friend – that’s what it’s becoming.”
The Arizona Republican criticized the Obama administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran as a “delusion,” and that several Democratic lawmakers have overreacted to Netanyahu’s speech before Congress on Tuesday.
“The delusion is that they make this nuclear deal with Iran, there’s a brand new relationship with Iran, Iran and we are partners for peace throughout the Middle East,” said McCain. “It’s crazy.”
McCain continued, “Bibi will make a compelling argument against the outlines of this agreement, and that’s why they’re acting in such a hysterical fashion. The president and national security advisers saying this is rupturing the fabric of our relationship or something like that. This is really the worst situation by far that any of us have seen as far as U.S.-Israel relations. The only … free and democratic nation in the entire Middle East, and it’s very serious, and it’s very unfortunate.”