U.S.-Russia deal will allow Assad to 'delay and deceive': McCain, Graham say

WASHINGTON Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:48pm EDT

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), (R), makes remarks to the media as U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), (L), listens, after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House, on possible military action against Syria, in Washington September 2, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), (R), makes remarks to the media as U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), (L), listens, after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House, on possible military action against Syria, in Washington September 2, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A deal between the United States and Russia to destroy Syria's chemical weapons will afford Syrian President Bashar-al Assad months to "delay and deceive" while more die in that country's war, two senior Republican senators said on Saturday.

"It requires a willful suspension of disbelief to see this agreement as anything other than the start of a diplomatic blind alley, and the Obama administration is being led into it by Bashar Assad and (Russian President) Vladimir Putin," Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsay Graham of South Carolina said in a statement.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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Comments (3)
JRTerrance wrote:
Which military arms dealer has the long-term lease on McCain? It just seems unlikely that he could say the stupid things he says unless he is in the back pocket of military lobbyists.

Sep 15, 2013 9:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jonathondf wrote:
“delay and deceive”, you mean like Obama has been delaying and deceiving the American people for several years now?

Sep 15, 2013 2:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
NewsCreator wrote:
Won’t take much to out DECEIVE, Obama, Hillary and companY!

Sep 15, 2013 10:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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