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October 14th, 2011
06:26 PM ET

Sen. McCain talks to CNN's Wolf Blitzer

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer spoke with Sen. John McCain about the alleged Iranian plot and his thoughts on Pres. Obama’s decision to send U.S. troops to Africa. A highlight from the interview is after the jump.

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EMBEDDABLE VIDEO: Sen. John McCain talks to CNN's Wolf Blitzer about how he thinks the U.S. should respond to the alleged Iranian plot.

Highlight from Full Interview

WOLF BLITZER, HOST, CNN'S" THE SITUATION ROOM": Before I get to jobs and some other political issues, what do you make of the Obama administration's decision to send 100 U.S. combat troops to Uganda to deal with a crisis unfolding in central Africa right now against some warlords there, ground forces, if you will. You're the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee.

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: Well, the Lord's Resistance Army is one of the most atrocious and barbaric organizations in history. As you know, they have carried out unspeakable acts, and they are destabilizing the region. And it's - you know, it's so terrible, it's hard for us to even talk about.

But so, I think that actions need to be taken to help these countries combat, particularly Uganda and its neighbors, to combat this LRA.

But I also want to be very careful that we don't get into another Lebanon or another Somalia. And I'm not saying we will, but we've got to be very careful. And I think it requires more consultation with Congress and with the American people again. You don't want to get into something you can't get out of.

And so I certainly applaud the goal. I would like to know more and I think the American people should know more as to exactly how we're going to do it. Remember, we've sent peacekeepers into places before that ended in tragedy.


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