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Duncan Hunter Suggests Preemptive 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.

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

By Steven Bartholow

Congressman Duncan Hunter, who represents Temecula, suggested that the U.S. should preemptively use tactical nuclear weapons against Iran 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 may be inevitable 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 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.

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

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

Dale Borgeson December 05, 2013 at 09:18 PM
That's right Mr. Hunter, just nuke 'em! Forget diplomacy, it's so messy.
Ken Mayes December 05, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Boots on the ground would be messy, but a tactical nuke isn't. So American. It would serve him right if he were visiting Southern Afghanistan or Pakistan or Indian when we did so he could experience the effects of the fallout.
TVOR December 06, 2013 at 12:57 AM
He must know stuff we don't know. Nukes would be an incredibly huge political screw up, especially as a first strike weapon. Maybe it is the right weapon for the job but the world perception would not be worth the tactical accomplishments. I would support a nuclear first strike if we had irrefutable proof of an intent for an immediate and devastating attack on the US. It is hard to imagine any other circumstance that would make it appropriate.
ChrisG December 06, 2013 at 09:08 AM
Wow! Nuclear fallout? Can't wait to see the political fallout over this!
Qwestion everything December 06, 2013 at 12:59 PM
What political fallout? Hunter, like many other politicians, say whatever they feel like no matter how insane it is. He's in a conservative area and he's a conservative (same would go for liberals in their areas). He's not worried about being re-elected. The US should have the same group that guaranteed the world that Iraq had biochemical weapons and WMD's look into this. I'm sure they would do the same quality work again. Hunter is a Bozo.
Ken Mayes December 06, 2013 at 01:44 PM
What does conservative have to do with it. Harry Truman was a liberal democrat.
Qwestion everything December 06, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Like I stated, "He's in a conservative area and he's a conservative (same would go for liberals in their areas)". Just stating that if they are in a "protected area", either side will say ridiculous stuff because they don't fear being re-elected. I am neither a Republican nor Democrat. I wish more people were Independents and actually spent time thinking about each issue separately and not following Party Lines. I still think Hunter is a Bozo. And I do agree with your previous post. Excellent point made.
SA December 12, 2013 at 11:47 AM
As much as I would love to nuke Iran (the collateral damage would be horrible), we should just leave them alone and let them kill themselves …
TVOR December 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Qwestion, a couple of senators in Colorado found out the hard way that is not always so.

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