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Duncan Hunter Suggests Tactical Nuclear Strike on Iran

In a recent video interview with C-SPAN Hunter said that military intervention in Iran over their nuclear program may be inevitable, but he hopes not.


Congressman Duncan Hunter. Credit: Ken Stone
Congressman Duncan Hunter. Credit: Ken Stone

Updated Dec. 6 at 8:30 a.m.

Congressman Duncan Hunter suggested that the U.S. should be prepared to use tactical nuclear weapons against Iran and that the country's leaders shouldn't be trusted, in a recent interview with C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.

In the video interview aired this week Hunter said that military intervention in Iran over their nuclear program might be inevitable, though he hopes not, and the U.S. should be prepared to use tactical nuclear weapons rather than boots on the ground.

“I think people like to toss around the fact that we have to stop them in some way from giving them this nuclear capability. I don't think it’s inevitable. If you hit Iran, you do it with tactical nuclear devices and set them back a decade or two or three. That is what you do with a massive aerial bombardment campaign,” Hunter told C-SPAN.

Hunter was on the public policy show to discuss the “Joint Plan of Action” agreement being worked out between Iran and world powers to ease sanctions on the country in exchange for Iran's promise to stop developing nuclear weapons. The deal would allow for Iran to continue working on nuclear power programs.

He told C-SPAN that Congress should vote immediately on Iran sanctions without hearing from Secretary of State John Kerry about the agreement. He suggested that Iran may not be honest in such an agreement.

"In the Middle Eastern culture it is looked upon with very high regard to get the best deal possible, no matter what it takes, and that includes lying," Hunter said.

He wavered when asked if he was referring to all Middle Eastern cultures, first he said yes, but then said no, and said later in an interview with U-T San Diego that he was referring to political leaders in the region.

Hunter, a Marine veteran, said that "boots on the ground" military conflict in Iran would be a "horrible thing" that he wouldn't want to see happen after Iraq and Afghanistan, conflicts which he served in.

During an interview with U-T San Diego Hunter clarified that he's not advocating bombing civilian populations, but the use of tactical nuclear weapons on key Iranian nuclear facilities as a last resort to prevent Iran from creating nuclear weapons.

Read more at Defensetech or see the interview at C-SPAN

Frank H. Robles December 06, 2013 at 12:47 PM
in 1981, Israel did launch a air strike against Iran, taking out a "Nuke Plant " They have no problems doing this type of thing .
Michael Ecklund December 06, 2013 at 12:52 PM
The ones in the know....know that WW3 is close by. The hand-writting is already on the wall.
Kevin George December 06, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Hey Michael, I wish I had an argument against that. The best thing we have going for us is that no nation can afford to go to war right now.
Dennis Karoleski December 06, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Remember the Iran/Iraqi War? Both sides used poison gas but Iran's mad mullahs pushed the insanity level up a few notches with their mass human wave suicide attacks by thousands of their countries youths, brainwashed since birth to die for Allah. They were then and still are willing to sacrifice their citizens for Allah's command to convert or kill all infidels. Never underestimate the horror level capable from those infected with such mullah inspired religious fervor. An enemy, and make no mistake, they are our sworn enemy, is not only willing to commit suicide to kill you but his leaders also fervently believe it is their duty on earth to subjugate or kill all who practice a different religion leaves you with very few options. Your choices boil down to either whistling Dixie or pulling those pistols. ☢
Michael Ecklund December 06, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Hello to you Kevin..............as soon as they get the nukes in place..then it could happen at anytime !!
Jennifer Spencer December 06, 2013 at 03:43 PM
War mongering Tea Pot Repubs! Is that all you know...how to start wars? In Hunter's statement: "He told C-SPAN that Congress should vote immediately on Iran sanctions without hearing from Secretary of State John Kerry about the agreement. He suggested that Iran may not be honest in such an agreement." Hunter sounds like a cowboy politician...shoot first and ask questions later. Don’t know if Hunter actually knows what he’s talking about when he mentions using “tactical nuclear” weapons. FYI: Info on “tactical nuclear” bombs http://science.howstuffworks.com/bunker-buster3.htm “From an environmental and diplomatic standpoint, however, the use of the B61-11 (nuke) raises a number of issues. There is no way for any known penetrating bomb to bury itself deeply enough to contain a nuclear blast. This means that the B61-11 would leave an immense crater and eject a huge amount of radioactive fallout into the air. Diplomatically, the B61-11 is problematic because it violates the international desire to eliminate the use of nuclear weapons. See FAS.org: Low-Yield Earth-Penetrating Nuclear Weapons for details.”
Steve Mrtl December 06, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Jennifer Spencer - my first choice is to avoid war, but if necessary, use a method that will avoid the most american casualties.
Komfort December 06, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Does this mean Jennifer Spencer is pro-life? Is the negotiation table preferred to shooting fetuses first?
Michael Ecklund December 06, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Hey Komfort.....you start that and you will have Curlee calling out Westbro Church again.......Ha !!!!
Batman December 06, 2013 at 05:42 PM
The best way to avoid war is to be prepared and ready for war at all times. These radical islamics, and every other enemy of America and its allies, need to understand beyond a shadow of a doubt they can't get away with anything. Duncan Hunter is our Winston Churchill. John Kerry has Neville Chamberlain written all over him.
Michael Ecklund December 06, 2013 at 07:07 PM
@Batman...your on the right track.........now will anyone listen ??
Things I Learned December 06, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Hey remember when Jennifer Spencer thought Dave Secor who looks like James Bond was going to beat Duncan Hunter who looks like he won I do? http://lamesa.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/crest-democrat-seeks-congress-seat-i-m-going-to-make-00cc322379
Komfort December 06, 2013 at 11:53 PM
I remember that Secor lives within the district that he had hoped to represent. Patch must be truly a local news service since they can't wander to James Kimber's out of district residence and ask him for an interview.
Things I Learned December 07, 2013 at 01:58 AM
http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml#a5
Doug Curlee December 07, 2013 at 04:17 PM
komfort.. why the hell would any care what secor thinks?..he had his shot and blew it..it's the guy who WON that needs to rethink his stand..doug
Komfort December 07, 2013 at 04:34 PM
I don't know, Doug. I did not suggest asking Secor.
Things I Learned December 07, 2013 at 04:41 PM
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DU38RUwMCfk
Michael Ecklund December 07, 2013 at 07:13 PM
I care what Secor thinks...at least he does think....!!!!
Jennifer Spencer December 07, 2013 at 07:24 PM
If Hunter continues to stumble over himself, he may attract some "thinking" opponents who will be able to point out his cowboy war mongering attitude. No one wants another war.....except Hunter.
Things I Learned December 07, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Someday Duncan Hunter may get a "thinking" opponent. http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/03/18/how_obama_turned_on_a_dime_toward_war
Jennifer Spencer December 07, 2013 at 07:37 PM
I say "Ditch Duncan". What has he done for East County besides getting everyone upset about his war mongering attitude?
Komfort December 07, 2013 at 08:18 PM
How about "Abort Duncan", Jennifer? That way you can make a play on words that also gets your preemptive baby killing platform a shout out.
Things I Learned December 07, 2013 at 08:40 PM
http://www.demotix.com/photo/256108/congressman-duncan-d-hunter-hosts-job-fair-el-cajon256108
Michael Ecklund December 07, 2013 at 08:47 PM
You all don't get it..........Its going to happen....like it or not...!!!
Jake Mahamood December 08, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Duncan Hunter has done many things for East Country, his staff helped me resolve a problem I spent years trying to! He's a good man, something we need more of in Washington. If geldings like Harry Reid are not on powerful prescription drugs, then they should be!
Michael Ecklund December 08, 2013 at 02:18 PM
How about this one..."Damascus gone in one day" Sounds like a nuke to me..!!!!
Jennifer Spencer December 08, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Sounds like a Bush ...."Mission accomplished" ....and we know how that turned out!
Komfort December 08, 2013 at 03:55 PM
The correct war... http://jonathanturley.org/2013/09/12/study-almost-75-percent-of-all-afghanistan-deaths-occurred-under-obama/
Things I Learned December 08, 2013 at 04:04 PM
"Since President Barack Obama has been willing to give the go ahead to operations that President George W. Bush would not have approved, operations have been much more aggressive and, presumably, JSOC has been able to fan out and work in way more countries than ever expected. Global assassinations have been embraced by the current administration, opening the door to night raids, drone strikes, missile attacks where cluster bombs are used, etc. Each of these operations, as witnessed or experienced by the civilian populations of countries, potentially inflame and increase the number of areas in the world where there are conflict zones." http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/05/u-s-currently-fighting-74-different-wars-that-it-publicly-admits.html ttp://www.youtube.com/embed/jKnShRxlUkw?autoplay=1
Michael Ecklund December 08, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Jennifer Spencer...........my sound off you can take to the bank. Its going to happen !!!!

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