Tumblr Icon RSS Icon

Santorum: Israel Must Attack Iran Because It’s Like Honduras Is To The U.S.

Posted on  

"Santorum: Israel Must Attack Iran Because It’s Like Honduras Is To The U.S."

Share:

google plus icon

Last night, news broke that the International Atomic Energy Agency had intelligence showing that Iran is closer to developing a nuclear weapon. That news may be enough for GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum to support an Israeli preemptive strike on Iran. Speaking with Florida conservative blog the Shark Tank at a stop in Palm Beach this weekend, Santorum explained that such a strike would be necessary because Iran is to Israel as Honduras is to the United States:

SANTORUM: If we are in a position where Iran is close to getting a nuclear weapon, then action needs to be taken. It simply can’t be ignored. I mean, Imagine this. Imagine if Honduras has been making noise about trying to destroy the United States and that they were developing a nuclear weapon, and we had a report saying they were in a few months of developing a nuclear weapon. Would we just sit there knowing that they had made comments that they would destroy our country and they were about to get a nuclear weapon? Would we sit there and allow them do that? I don’t think any Americans would let that happen. In fact, the president would be impeached for letting that happen. So what would we say to the state of Israel, that has been threatened to be wiped out?

Watch it:

Santorum has consistently beat the drums of war with Iran for his entire political career. As he said in Iowa this weekend of his time in the Senate, “I introduced the biggest restriction and sanctions on the Iranian nuclear program 8 years ago. It was unanimously opposed even by President Bush, I got no co-sponsors.”

One might suspect that in all those years of obsessing about war with Iran, he would come up with a better analogy than Honduras. Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America with a GDP of just $33 billion dollars, 1/444th the size of the U.S.’s $14 trillion economy.

« »

By clicking and submitting a comment I acknowledge the ThinkProgress Privacy Policy and agree to the ThinkProgress Terms of Use. I understand that my comments are also being governed by Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policies as applicable, which can be found here.