Tiny Redux

Steve Benen says that John McCain is once again breaking out his “Tiny” ad which complains about Barack Obama’s accurate observation that the scale of the threat posed by Iran is much smaller than the threat posed by the Soviet Union. An excellent opportunity to once again break out one of my favorite maps:


Consider that had the US been able to wipe out 99 percent of the Soviet nuclear arsenal in 1982, I think we would have considered that a devastating blow to Soviet military capabilities. And yet, the post-wipeout USSR would have had more conventional land forces, more air power, more sea power, a larger population, a larger land area, a larger economy, and even many more nuclear weapons (which is to say many more than zero) than Iran has today. So, yes, the Iranian threat is tiny compared to the Soviet threat.