Senator John McCain says the United States has been backing away from a brewing fight with Iran, while that country moves ever closer to having nuclear weapons.
McCain opened a Senate hearing Wednesday by saying that Iran will get the bomb unless the United States acts more boldly.
Speaking figuratively, the Arizona Republican says the U.S. keeps pointing a loaded gun at Iran but failing to “pull the trigger.”
Here's what he said to Byron York, back when he didn't mind being called a maverick:
Still, I ask if voters aren’t a little rattled by all the talk about possible U.S. attacks on Iran, and by President Bush’s warning that Iranian actions risk bringing about “World War III.” Are they looking for a little more restraint in a candidate? “Maybe ‘restraint’ isn’t the word, but maybe someone who appears thoughtful and has exhausted all other options before pulling the trigger,” McCain answers.
Yes, well, it seems "thoughtful" takes a back seat during election season.