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North Carolina Congressman: Iran Deal Makes Hitler Look Like "A Minor Player" In Challenge To World

"Hitler did not change his stripes."

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Rep. Robert Pittenger, a North Carolina Republican, says the consequences of the Iran nuclear deal will be worse than those of the Munich agreement with Adolf Hitler.

"They view an Iran that would change its stripes, but in reality Iran is not going to change its stripes," the Pittenger told POTUS radio on SiriusXM.

He added the Obama administration is betting on the Iranian government changing its behavior under the deal, something he said was naive, drawing a comparison to Munich agreement in 1938 permitting Nazi Germany's annexation of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia.

"Hitler did not change his stripes," Pittenger said. "Chamberlin was under some illusion that Hitler would be different in Munich and he wasn't and we paid a great price for that calculation early on and then we addressed it. The consequences of this deal make Hitler look - is a minor player in the context of the challenge to the rest of the world."

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Here's the transcript of the exchange:

JOHN RIZZI: "When you first said you can't have a zebra change its stripes I thought for sure that you were actually talking about Secretaries Kerry and Moniz that you just - that the distrust is so deep that you were actually characterizing them in that way but you eventually - I realized you were talking about Iran and not members of the administration."

REP. ROBERT PITTENGER: "No, no. I think they see - their view of this is a different worldview than me. They view an Iran that would change its stripes, but in reality Iran is not going to change its stripes. Hitler did not change his stripes. Chamberlin was under some illusion that Hitler would be different in Munich and he wasn't and we paid a great price for that calculation early on and then we addressed it. The consequences of this deal make Hitler look - is a minor player in the context of the challenge to the rest of the world."

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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