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Rick Santorum’s Plan For Iran: With Our Help, Bus Drivers Could Topple The Government

By Judd Legum  

"Rick Santorum’s Plan For Iran: With Our Help, Bus Drivers Could Topple The Government"

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This morning on MSNBC, outgoing Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) unveiled his plan to “confront” Iran. Santorum said that the United States should have supported a bus driver strike that occurred a few weeks ago. According to Santorum, “We should have quietly gone in there and given them a whole boat-load of money so they could sustain the strike and continue to cause unrest within Iran to try to topple the government.” Watch it:

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Transcript:

IMUS: What do we do, then, when you say confront them — Iran?

SANTORUM: Well, I’ve (inaudible) forward a whole bunch of different thing. For example, there was a bus driver strike a few weeks ago in Iran. We did nothing to support it; we should have. We should have quietly gone in there and given them a whole boat-load of money so they could sustain the strike and continue to cause unrest within Iran to try to topple the government. And we did nothing to support that strike.

And as a result, they crushed the strike and another labor movement, which of course, as you know, like in Poland and other countries, was the key to the overthrow of the government because it’s an organization that is based in democracy to try to topple these types of regimes that we see in Iran and we didn’t do anything. That’s one example.

But there are a host of examples of what we could be doing to be much more engaged and involved in Iran, but the State Department — a lot of folks don’t want us to do it because we don’t want to antagonize Iran. While Iran is killing our people in Iraq right now, I just think it’s foolish.

IMUS: We’re talking with Senator Rick Santorum.

By the way, I was just thinking as you were talking — because I wasn’t listening…

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