December 17, 2011- Texas Congressman Ron Paul and fellow presidential candidate Michele Bachmann clashed in a debate on Thursday over foreign policy. The disagreement was over a nuclear Iran. Dr. Paul was clear and concise with his case against any war with Iran while Bachmann is pushing war mongering. Paul said the largest threat to the U.S. was not an Iran with nuclear weapons but an overreaction by America to the threat of nukes held by Iran.
Paul said he would prefer there were far less nuclear weapons and was clear he did not want Iran to have them. He said, “By reducing the number of nuclear weapons it would help keep the chances of war at a minimum. However, to declare war against a country of one million Muslims is very dangerous and wrong.”
He admits there are radicals but says they are not killing us because of our freedom and prosperity. He said, “You do not see them going to Sweden and Switzerland, do you?”
He says they come to the U.S. and want to harm us because we bomb them.
“Why was the drone over Iran anyway,” he asked Bachmann. He continued by saying, “Why would we want to start a war trying to retrieve a drone?”
His comments were thought provoking as he mentioned the U.S. has over 900 military bases in 130 countries yet the country is going bankrupt. He feels the country needs a very strong national defense system but it is very dangerous to overreact.
Paul feels all the talk about war with Iran is just another Iraq on the horizon. He is worried the President will overreact and end up bombing Iran. Paul said another war would be costly and devastating. Paul is the only candidate in the Republican Party against opposed to military action in Iran.