Former U.S. Senator Jim Talent joined me today to discuss the “deal” with Iran and whether the Senate should leave town August 10 with this issue pending:
HH: Joined now by former United States Senator Jim Talent of the American Enterprise Institute. You can follow him on Twitter, @JimTalent, another senior advisor to Scott Walker. Senator Talent, welcome back, good to speak with you.
JT: Hey, thank you, Hugh, good to be with you.
HH: What’s your reaction to the Iran deal?
JT: Well, they played President Obama for a patsy, and as a matter of fact, I was thinking that we’re going to have to invent a new word, because patsy isn’t strong enough. I mean, we have given them everything they wanted. We gave them things they didn’t want initially. We’re giving an imprimatur of international approval to them being a nuclear threshold state, up to $150 billion dollars of aid, and access to the conventional arms market, which wasn’t even on the table until like, what, three or four days ago, in return for their promise that they won’t go the final step and use the infrastructure we’re leaving them to actually build a bomb. And this is a nation, by the way, that’s lied repeatedly about what it’s done in the past. And we’re expected to believe its promises about what it’s going to do in the future? Continue Reading
Idaho U.S. Senator James Risch joined me today to discuss the iran “deal”:
HH: Joined now by the last United States Senator of the day, Senator Jim Risch from the great state of Idaho. Senator Risch, welcome to the program, good to have you on the Hugh Hewitt Show.
JR: Thank you so much. I’m glad to be here.
HH: I was about five miles away from Idaho last week. I was fishing the Madison in Montana, and then we drove up close. But I did not cross over. I didn’t enter into your jurisdiction.
JR: I wish you did. The fish…
HH: Senator, what’s your reaction to the Iran deal today?
JR: The trout in Idaho are a lot bigger than they are in Wyoming.
HH: Well, I caught some 34 inch trout, so I don’t know about that.
JR: Like I said, the trout in Idaho are a lot bigger than they are in Wyoming.
HH: So what’s your reaction to this deal, Senator?
JR: Well, it’s a bad deal. And you know, it’s been a bad deal from the beginning. I mean, they gave away the, to me, they gave away the farm before they ever sat down. If you’re going to make a deal with Iran, it should have been, number one, they give up their nuclear ambitions. Now what that means is a total dismantling and getting out of the nuclear business. And number two, cease supporting the terrorist organizations around the world, namely Hezbollah, Hamas and the Houthis, and other terrorists that they support. Both of those were given away before they ever sat down at the table. So once you sit down at the table and you’ve given away the farm, what’s there to negotiate? Continue Reading
My friend and law partner Robert C. O’Brien joined me on the program today to distinguish previous nuclear disarmament deals from the fiasco deal with Iran announced today:
HH: I’m joined now by Robert C. O’Brien, my law partner, one of my law partners at the law firm of Arent Fox. You can follow him on Twitter, @RobertCOBrien. But he is a declared supporter of Governor Scott Walker’s campaign for the presidency, one of his national security team. I’m, of course, neutral in that, but I did want to check in with Robert to see what Team Walker thinks of this deal. Robert O’Brien, welcome to the program.
ROB: Thank you for having me on the show again, Hugh.
HH: Okay, what’s your reaction?
ROB: Well, the Governor’s reaction, first of all, is that this may be the worst deal in American diplomatic history, and it’s hard to argue with that analysis. I agree with that, and I think most dispassionate Americans who are looking at this see this as a very, very bad deal. Continue Reading