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March 3, 2013 - 3:05 pm

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee this evening that whether Iran bends to the will of the White House depends on the administration’s credibility to follow through on the promise to stop the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program by any means necessary.

In American politics, Cornyn said, Iran getting nuclear weapons capability is viewed as a “game-changing event.”

“If Iran goes nuclear it could be the ultimate game-ender for the Middle East,” he said.

“Stopping the Iranian pursuit of nuclear weapons is not optional,” Cornyn continued. “…Iran is not content to be a rational state actor; it seeks to destroy Israel, dominate the Middle East and spread anti-western jihadism.”

He said the only way to stop Iran is “debilitating sanctions with the credible threat of military action — of course, the key word in that sentence is credible.”

“In order for the us to maintain credibility with Iran, we must also maintain credibility in Israel.”

Cornyn praised the Jewish state as a country “where Arabs can serve in parliament and heckle the prime minister,” and Hamas-controlled Gaza as “a place where children are indoctrinated in a culture of death.”

“Now more than ever America needs a strong Israel and Israel needs a strong America,” he said.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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It has been said that Reagan’s breaking of the Air Traffic Controllers strike in 1981 was his first “foreign policy” success because it informed those watching from overseas that the new President was a man of his word.

So also they have been watching Obama bluster. From his (lack of) success in securing the Olympics for Chicago to his frustrated whining over the Sequester, they have been taking his measure. Does anybody out there have ANY reason to take him seriously?

Not to mention how he supported the Embassy staff in Benghazi…
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Not even the rag-tag terrorists of Benghazi found the U.S.' might credible.

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After 4 years of silence John Cornyn Speaks!
Wonders never do cease!
Too little too late Senator. Texans are primed to primary you.
But then, you saw that writing on the Cruz wall and thus you speak up now.
Despite the MOVE Act you did nothing to see that our military votes were counted.
You, by your 4 years of just sitting there collecting your paycheck and spending our future insured that Obama would do as he pleased.
Join KBH in retirement. Step aside. No one believes you now.
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Of course Iran does not find US "threats of action" credible. Nobody does.
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