Kasich: Obama Administration “In Love” With Iran Deal

Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) told viewers Tuesday  on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that with regard to the Obama Administration’s push for a nuclear deal with Iran,  “it's very dangerous to fall in love with your own idea. And, I think the administration has probably fallen in love with the fact that they want to get an agreement, and when people are hyperventilating and unable to get one, sometimes they go and they sign something that they shouldn't.”

Negotiators from Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States meeting in Vienna did not meet their self-imposed deadline on Tuesday for an agreement on a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, giving themselves until Friday to negotiate. Sticking points in reaching an agreement include Iranian demands for the lifting of a U.N. arms embargo and ballistic missiles sanctions, a timeframe for U.S. and EU sanctions relief, and future Iranian nuclear research and development.

Currently U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and  Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif remain in Vienna, but Kasich, who is expected to announce his candidacy for the Republican Presidential nomination on June 21, said that the Obama Administration is more preoccupied than getting any deal, rather than getting a good deal: “ Just remember Reagan in Reykjavik where Gorbachev said, look, get rid of all nuclear weapons, and I remember Reagan getting back in the car and saying ‘no, we're not gonna do that.’

“So, you have to have the strength to walk away. The problem, Bret, with all of this is just listen to our Arab friends who say, 'listen, if you give the Iranians all this cash by lifting the sanctions, they're going to fund Hamas. They're going to fund Hezbollah' who is the enemy to the Arab nations that we have things in common with. You know the proliferation of these weapons is really kind of unthinkable, and the consequences of that. So, I don't think it's a good agreement, I would leave the sanctions in place until I saw a determined change in what Iran is all about, so I think, I'm very concerned about this.”

ISIS: What's Next?

A picture is emerging of consistent and persistent warnings by the intelligence community about ISIS and a failure to heed or act on the warnings with congressional sources telling Fox air strikes a month ago when ISIS was still in camps on the Syrian border were a missed opportunity. 

Sunni extremists took over a border crossing between Iraq and Syria over the weekend leaving ISIS's threat closing in on the country. Yesterday, Syria reportedly responded with air strikes, killing 50+people. 

After a classified briefing late Tuesday, Senators described ISIS as a direct threat to the US, warning that Jordan is likely next as well as the Balad air base, Iraq's largest and former HQ for US forces. For now, the United States is taking a less aggressive approach, but pressure continues to mount against a growing regional threat

Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Iraq earlier in the week to meet with leaders and encourage a more inclusive government. Today he is in Brussels to attend a NATO meeting of foreign ministers to discuss the situation in Iraq. Kerry has presently ruled out US air strikes--

James Rosen is traveling with Secretary Kerry and will have more for us tonight on Special Report. 

Kerry's testimony on Iran nuclear deal: what to expect

--The hearing is slotted for 3 hours and there should be votes on the House floor around 4 pm et.
 
--House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the top Democrat on the panel, will have opening   statements which each run five minutes.
 
--Kerry will then have a five-minute opening statement...but could go longer.
 
--Each member will get one round of 5 minutes with Kerry after that, starting with Royce and Engel and then alternating between the sides.
 
--We also expect some comments and questions on uprisings in Ukraine.
 
--Members from both sides of the aisle are not pleased with the Iran deal and Kerry is imploring Congress (especially the Senate) to not impose a new sanctions regime on Tehran for fear that would blow up the accord brokered in Geneva.

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