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Pete Hoekstra to Newsmax: Gen. Dempsey 'Clueless' on Iran Deal

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By    |   Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 09:05 PM

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey's disagreement with the Obama administration on whether the Iran nuclear deal meant war proves that "he's clueless on this," former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra told Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

"The bottom line is we had lots of other options in this agreement than going to war that would've sent a strong message to Iran," Hoekstra, a Republican who represented Michigan in the House for eight terms, told "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth. "We would've gotten a much better agreement that we could've lived with than this agreement, which really provides them a pathway to a nuclear weapon."

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Dempsey, the Army's top general and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he never advised President Barack Obama that the only option was war if no agreement with Tehran was reached.

"At no time did that come up in our conversation nor did I make that comment," Dempsey said in response to a question from Iowa GOP Sen. Joni Ernst. "I can tell you that we have a range of options and I always present them."

Turning to the recent arrests of two Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) sympathizers who were planning attacks in the United States, including a plot to blow up beachgoers in Florida, proved that "the continued reach of ISIL in the United States is something we ought to be really concerned about," Hoekstra said.

"These were the guys that were not necessarily the brightest kids on the block that got caught," he added. "I worry about the ones that have bought into this ideology and are very, very smart and are doing it in ways that they are not being identified and being tracked by our law enforcement."

Former Defense Department spokesman J.D. Gordon told Hayworth that the success the authorities had in tracking the suspects illustrated the "dual-edge sword" of social media and the Internet.

"We have more risks because of social media because of guys being recruited like this young man in Florida, but also at the same time the FBI's able to look at Facebook and Twitter and help make arrests that way.

"We've got to get to the heart of the matter — and that's the toxic ideology of radical Islam coming from the Middle East," Gordon said. "There is no shortage of psychopaths and maladjusted loners out there. We've got to get to the heart of it."

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Army Gen. Martin Dempsey's disagreement with the Obama administration on whether the Iran nuclear deal meant war proves that "he's clueless on this," former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra told Newsmax TV on Wednesday.
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