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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

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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