Republican Sen. John McCain jokingly taunted Secretary of State John Kerry’s wife Teresa at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Tuesday on the Obama administration’s proposed Syria resolution.
“May I say, John, it’s very good to see Teresa here with you in good health and good spirits. Thank you. So, Teresa, I apologize for what I’m about to do to John,” McCain said before questioning Kerry on the administration’s plans for military intervention in Syria.
Teresa Heinz Kerry sat behind her husband at the hearing, making her first public appearance since suffering a seizure in July.
Despite McCain’s braggadocio, the Arizona senator largely failed to put Kerry to shame with his line of inquiry. McCain scored perhaps his best point by criticizing the administration’s public warning to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s regime of a potential strike, which reportedly allowed the Syrian military to hide weapons and reposition troops in advance.
“I don’t disagree with you about warning … John, all I want to say to you is that there were leaks, which are the bane of everybody’s existence, and the fact is that the newspapers began to carry stories about a strike and targeting well before any decisions were made,” Kerry admitted.
McCain has threatened to oppose military intervention if he feels the administration’s planned actions do not go far enough to make substantive accomplishments in damaging Assad’s combat abilities.