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McCain: Trust Israel's Judgment on Attacking Iran

If Israel deems it necessary to attack Iranian nuclear facilities, Sen. John McCain said that the U.S. should trust the country’s judgment.

“We were surprised when Pakistan acquired nuclear weapons, we were surprised when North Korea acquired nuclear weapons,” McCain said on CBS’s This Morning. “So what the president is asking the prime minister of Israel to do is to rely on his judgment as to when the force may be necessary.”


McCain's comments come one day after President Obama took a firm position on Iran’s nuclear proliferation in his speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. McCain attacked Obama on his commitment to Israel, saying the U.S. needs to back Israel in making sure Iran does not build or acquire a nuclear weapon.

“His speeches are excellent,” McCain said. “His policies are not so good.”

McCain, R-Ariz., repeated these sentiments on Fox and Friends, and said the president has "the worst relations with Israel of any recent president."


McCain also addressed Russian elections, saying Vladimir Putin's victory, with preliminary counts giving him 60 percent of the vote according to the BBC, was a "fraud." He warned that Russian citizens would eventually take him down.

"Putin's days are numbered," he said on CNN's Starting Point. "The Arab Spring has already come to Russia, and it will continue."

Critics both in the U.S. and Russia contend that Putin rigged the Russian elections in his favor, as a rising tide of public frustration with his long-standing government has led to mass protests in the streets of Moscow, which McCain likened to the same protests that rocked the Arab world and brought down dictatorships in countries like Egypt and Libya. McCain cited "thousands and thousands of protesters, the blogs [and] the tweets" coming out of Russia as evidence that the Arab Spring was spreading.

"It's a new world we're living in now in the 21st century," he said. "And there's no doubt in my mind that the people of Russia are not going to stand forever for a corrupt government such as that of Vladimir Putin."



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