Navy Adm. John Richardson does not agree with President Barack Obama on the nuclear deal with Iran.
The admiral says it’s not true that the United States has no other option than war if the agreement is not ratified.
Richardson’s testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday flies in the face of what Obama asserted in June, when he said, “Either the issue of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is resolved diplomatically through a negotiation, or it’s resolved through force, through war.”
Richardson’s stance may be particularly damming, as he is Obama’s top nominee to be the next chief of naval operations.
Richardson was questioned by Iran deal skeptic Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and was pushed to stay on point by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
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“We do not have to sign this agreement, and that does not necessarily mean that we will be going to war with Iran,” Ernst said. “Is that your assessment?”
“Ma’am, I do support whole-of-government approach…” Richardson began before McCain cut in.
“Admiral, you were just asked to give your personal opinion if asked for it,” McCain said. “The senator is asking for your opinion as to whether there are other options besides going to war with Iran.”
“I think that there are other options besides going to war,” he said.
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