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A Look Back At The Santorum Campaign’s Worst Moments In Foreign Policy

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Former Republican senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum announced today that he will suspend his presidential campaign. Santorum rocketed from long-shot candidate to the only real alternative to the inevitable candidate Mitt Romney, and is currently in second place with 285 delegates to Romney’s 661.

Santorum provided endless fodder for those paying attention to the campaign, from journalists on the trail to late night talk show hosts. Santorum once proudly boasted that he’s “for income inequality,” used the trusty “water is not beer” defense in justifying his opposition to same-sex marriage, said he doesn’t want to make black peoples’ lives better, and oddly claimed gas prices caused the financial crisis.

But here at ThinkProgress Security, we will miss reporting Santorum’s extreme right-wing views on foreign policy. Here are some high(low)lights we caught from throughout the campaign:

– Santorum said his “plan,” should he become president, would be to attack Iran.

– He said attacking Iran won’t “start a war” (never mind that the initial attack would start the war).

– Apparently women aren’t capable of serving in combat because, according to Santorum, there would be “emotions that are involved.”

– The former Pennsylvania senator actually said that President Obama wants Iran to get nuclear weapons and is actively trying to help them in that endeavor.

– And apparently Obama’s best friends with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

– Santorum accused Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lying when he told the truth.

– On Obama’s order to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq, Santorum said, “In many respects we’ve lost control and lost the war in Iraq.”

– Who is responsible for Osama bin Laden’s death? According to Rick Santorum, not President Obama.

– Santorum said he wanted covert operations made public (thus making them less covert).

– “All the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis, they’re not Palestinians,” Santorum said, thereby making him a supporter of the so-called “one-state solution.”

Thanks for the memories Rick.

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