"I think that we -- it's pretty clear that the Israelis cannot live with a nuclear-armed Iran," he said. "We saw news reports that the Syrians have moved Scud missiles into southern Lebanon. That is a serious escalatory move. Now Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are within range of Scud missiles."
The Syrian embassy fired off a statement on Thursday denying the reports.
"The government of Syria categorically denies the recent spurious allegations emanating from Israel regarding the supply of Scud missiles to Hezbollah," the statement said. "This disinformation campaign aims at misleading the world’s public opinion."
Later Sunday on Fox News, Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) echoed McCain's lack of surprise at the Gates report. "For those of us who have been watching this administration, it's not astonishing at all," the ranking member of the Select Committee on Intelligence said.
Hoekstra stressed the need to put pressure on Russia and China to come on board with sanctions, but said he felt President Barack Obama is "going to continue muddling along through the process."
As Jon noted in his post on McCain:
Unsurprisingly, McCain and the conservative echo chamber downplayed President Obama's successful nuclear security summit this week in which the United States garnered Chinese support for tougher sanctions against Tehran. And the neoconservative drumbeat ignores altogether George W. Bush's Iran can-kicking.