McCain on Syrian Deal: ‘I Think It’s a Loser’

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Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) said he was very skeptical of the deal struck between the U.S. and Russia on Syria’s chemical weapons Sunday on Meet The Press, calling it a “loser” because it depended too much on the Russians acting in good faith.

NBC reports the deal¬†will allow Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons to be removed or destroyed by next year. President Obama said in a statement from the White House that the international community expects Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to live up to his commitments.

Under the deal, Syria must provide a full catalog of its chemical arsenal within a week and allow United Nations inspectors to start working no later than November:

DAVID GREGORY: Before I move on, this deal, which the president supports, a winner or a loser in your mind?

MCCAIN: I think it’s a loser, because I think it gave Russia position in the Middle East which they haven’t had since 1970. We are now depending on the good will of the Russian people if Bashar al-Assad violates this agreement, and I am of the firm belief, given his record, that is a very, very big gamble.

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