Rep. Mike McCaul: Mutually Assured Destruction Doesn’t Work with Iranians

‘I was over in Saudi last year; They questioned, “why are you negotiating with Iran?”‘

BLITZER: "I want to play a clip because yesterday the president had a rare news conference after his meetings with the six gulf Arab state leaders, four deputies, two leaders, who showed up. He said this, I’ll play the clip.

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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: In the event of such aggression or the threat of such aggression, the United States stands ready to work with our GCC partners to urgently determine what actions may be appropriate using the means at our collective disposal including the use of military force.

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BLITZER: All right, so he was trying to reassure them about the proposed — there is still no deal, but the proposed deal involving Iran’s nuclear program. What are you hearing? Did he succeed? Are they still worried, the Saudis, the Emirates, the Kuwaitis, the Omanis?

MCCAUL: I think the Saudis basically fold out of this and you know, the Gulf States are not supportive of the Iran negotiations. I was over in Saudi last year. They questioned why are you negotiating with Iran? I think they disagree with the underlying premise that you can negotiate with somebody that chants death to America. Remember over there, it’s largely the Sunni Shia conflict and so they’re not supportive.

BLITZER: Where do you stand on this proposed deal?

MCCAUL: I think there are too many problems to access to military bases, the fact that the centrifuges continue to spin. I think Netanyahu talked about the fact that they’re still enriching uranium. And from a Homeland Security perspective, Wolf, is the ICBMs, the intelligence estimates are by the end of next year could reach the United States.

BLITZER: From Iran you mean?

MCCAUL: Precisely. And the Ayatollah says we will move forward with these ICBMs. There is only one reason why you create those and that is to deliver a nuclear warhead.

BLITZER: Do you think they’ll be that nuts to launch a nuclear warhead against the United States?

MCCAUL: You know, I’m not sure if mutually sure if destruction applies to that part of the world like it did to the Russians. So I wouldn’t want to test that theory.

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