John Kerry came into the State Department like a “human wrecking ball,” says McCain

John Kerry Wrecking Ball

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Has Senator John McCain been listening to Miley Cyrus’ new cd? Probably not, but when McCain said Wednesday at the Washington Ideas Forum that Secretary of State John Kerry is a “human wrecking ball,” the statement conjured up images of Kerry swinging into the State Department on Cyrus’ infamous wrecking ball.

Miley Cyrus wrecking ball

McCain and journalist Jeffery Goldberg were discussing the United States’ relationship with Iran when McCain lit into Kerry. McCain said he was concerned about the way Kerry has handled nuclear talks with the Middle Eastern country.

“Frankly I have never been more worried about the perimeters of this deal,” McCain said, revealing that Kerry is refusing to give out the details of what is being negotiated – even to the Senate –  but expects the Senate to support whatever he proposes.

“Look, this guy has been a human wrecking ball. He has traveled around the world and ….”

“This guy, meaning?” Goldberg said,  interrupting McCain.

“Secretary Kerry, a good friend of mine,” McCain said to laugher from the audience.”He is, but I’m very disappointed. I’m very disappointed.

“When the President of the United States – historic moment – says he’s going to launch a strike on another country, IE Syria, and the Secretary of State says, don’t worry, it will quote ‘be unbelievably small,’ that’s staggering, that’s mind boggling.

” ‘Don’t worry. We’re gonna strike you, but it’s going to be unbelievably small?’ That sure oughta scare the hell out of them, wouldn’t it?” McCain said, mocking Kerry.

McCain also criticized Kerry and the State Department for not knowing where they are going from day to day, and simply flying in to whatever country makes the most sense, also known as engaging in “shuttle diplomacy.”

“This is a fire drill. It’s like nothing I have ever seen,” McCain exclaimed.

 

Update: McCain’s spokesman confirms to The Atlantic that McCain wasn’t making a veiled reference to Cyrus’ Top 40 tune. “No offense to Miley, but Senator McCain is strictly a Golden Oldies listener–Sinatra, The Platters, The Four Tops, etc.,” the spokesman said.

 

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