As the Obama administration scrambles to hammer out an interim nuclear deal with Iran, John McCain had harsh words for his "friend" and former Senate colleague John Kerry.
"This guy has been a human wrecking ball," the Arizona senator said on Thursday in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg at the Washington Ideas Forum in Washington, D.C. "I'm very disappointed."
McCain's blunt characterization of the secretary of state (which may or may not have been influenced by the music of Miley Cyrus) was just one stroke in the bleak picture he painted of America's receding influence in the world and specifically the Middle East.
"Our whole policy in the Middle East—and it reverberates around the world, by the way—is in such disarray that I have never seen anything like it in my lifetime," McCain said. "Fly into Riyadh and talk to the king of Saudi Arabia. Fly into Egypt and praise their steps toward democracy." The Obama administration, McCain argued, is practicing diplomacy by "fire drill."
"If America doesn't lead, then bad guys will lead," he added. "And that's just an historical fact and that's the way the world is today."
The Obama administration's approach to striking a nuclear deal with Iran, McCain noted, was fundamentally flawed. "Why should Iran have the right to enrich [uranium] when they have a clear record of seeking to and taking action to acquire nuclear weapons?" he asked. "Canada doesn't exercise a right to enrich uranium. Mexico doesn't."