McCain: Time for Regime Change in Korea

Plus, pols debate the fate of DADT, START, and more
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2010 1:27 PM CST
U.S. Sen. John McCain looks on as he addresses the media at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010.   (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

(Newser) – North Korea is beating its war drum, and John McCain wants to beat them over the head with it: "It's time we talked about regime change in North Korea—and I do not mean military action—but I do believe that this is a very unstable regime," the senator told State of the Union today. "They are now passing on from the 'Dear Leader' to the 'Sweet Leader,' a 27-year-old four-star general." McCain slammed China as "not behaving as a responsible world power" toward Korea, reports Politico. Elsewhere on the Sunday dial:

  • Prosecute WikiLeaks: “The people at WikiLeaks could have blood on their hands,” Lindsey Graham told Fox New Sunday. “I hope we can find out where this is coming from and go after them with the force of law,”chimed in Claire McCaskill.
  • START is dead: "It’s more a view of reality, rather than policy," Jon Kyl said, signaling there's no time for the nuke pact in the lame-duck session. Kyl blamed Harry Reid for prioritizing the DREAM act.
  • But not DADT: Graham says there's not "anywhere near the votes to repeal DADT. I think in the lame-duck session DADT isn’t going anywhere.”
  • McCain on Sarah Palin: "A guy named Ronald Reagan used to be viewed as divisive. She's doing a great job. I think she's motivated our base. She had a positive impact on the last election, and I'm proud of her."

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