During an interview on Iran with George Stephanopoulos anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. told him that time is running out and that the Obama administration needs to stand up for the Iranian people on the streets who are opposed to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government.
“We’ve been through nearly a year delay while the Iranians have steadily progressed, and we have announced deadline after deadline that we would act,” Sen. McCain told ABC. “But if we stand up for the Iranian people who are chanting in the streets, ‘Obama Obama are you with us or are you with him,’ if we stand up for their human rights and stand up for their rights to freedom, I think you’ll see continued big divisions within the Iranian ruling click and I think over time that they will be overthrown by the Iranian people.”
Stephanopoulos asked Sen. McCain if the military option is inevitable.
“I don’t know,” Sen. McCain said. “Time is running out. We’ve wasted just about a year but I really believe that sanctions have to be tried before we explore the last option, and the worst option is a military action.