Bachmann and Paul Trade Jabs Over Iranian Nuke Threat
Republican presidential candidates Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann crossed swords in a heated exchange over the Iranian nuclear threat during Thursday’s Fox News debate, Forbes.com
reports. The clash was prompted by several questions from Fox News host Bret Baier aimed at Dr. Paul – a self-described non-interventionist – about a hypothetical scenario involving a fully nuclear Iran.
The Texas congressman and tea party favorite warned that the greatest threat to America was not a nuclear Iran but an American overreaction to a perceived Iranian nuclear threat.
The Minnesota congresswoman and founder of the House Tea Party Caucus strongly disagreed, calling Paul’s comments “dangerous.”
“With all due respect to Ron Paul, I think I have never heard a more dangerous answer for American security than the one that we just heard from Ron Paul,” Bachmann said. “I’ll tell you the reason why, the reason why I would say that is because we know without a shadow of a doubt that Iran will take a nuclear weapon, they will use it to wipe our ally Israel off the face of the map and they stated they will use it against the United States of America. Look no further than the Iranian constitution, which states unequivocally that their mission is to extend jihad across the world and eventually to set up for worldwide caliphate. We would be fools to ignore their purpose and their plan.”
“Obviously, I would like to see a lot less nuclear weapons,” Paul responded. “I don’t want Iran to have a nuclear weapon. I would like to reduce them because there would be less chance of war. But to declare war on 1.2 billion Muslims and say all Muslims are the same, this is dangerous talk. Yeah, there are some radicals. But they don’t come here to kill us because we’re free and prosperous. Do they go to Switzerland and Sweden? That is absurd.”
“They come here and explicitly explain it to us,” he continued. “The CIA has explained it to us. It said they come here and they want to do us harm because we are bombing them! What is the whole world about the drone being in Iran? And we’re begging and pleading and how are we going to start a war to get the drone back? Why were we flying a drone over Iran? Why do we have to bomb so many countries?
“Why are we — why do we have 900 bases in 130 countries and we’re totally bankrupt. How do you rebuild a military when we have no money? How are we going to take care of the people? I think this wild goal to have another war in the name of defense is the dangerous thing. The danger is really us overreacting. We need a strong national defense. And we need to only go to war with a declaration of war and carelessly flubbing it and starting these wars so often.”