“I thank Sen. Paul for this amendment,” said Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.).
“I just want to thank Sen. McCain for being such an advocate,” Sen. Bob Corker, (R-Tenn.).
The ‘thank you’s’ continued for the rest of the clip.
But, of course, Conan was purposely showing a good side of Washington. Members acting cordial to each other is a known formality on Capitol Hill.
Conan intentionally left out clips of members having tense exchanges with the people testifying.
Paul said to Secretary of State John McCain, “There are all kinds of unknowns that I can’t tell you absolutely the answer, and neither can you,” referring to consequences of attacking Syria.
Kerry sternly shot back, and said it is not unknown.
“You got three people here who’ve been to war,” Kerry said of the other Obama administration officials testifying. “You got John McCain, who’s been to war. There’s not one of us who doesn’t understand what going to war means, and we don’t want to go to war.”