Rep. Duncan Hunter, apparently worried that he’s not getting enough attention in the ongoing competition for the title of the most extreme and dangerous member of the House Republican caucus, went on C-SPAN earlier this week and said that we should use nuclear weapons against Iran.
HUNTER: I think a ground war in Iran with American boots on the ground would be a horrible thing and I think people like to toss around the fact that we have to stop them in some way from gaining this nuclear capability. I don’t think it’s inevitable but I think if you have to hit Iran, you don’t put boots on the ground, you do it with tactical nuclear devices and you set them back a decade or two or three. I think that’s the way to do it with a massive aerial bombardment campaign.
Hunter — a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — explained that the U.S. experience in those countries have shaped his view. “I think America now knows its limitations in that area and what we can do and do we want to spend 20 years there after we tear it down to build it back up again so that it isn’t run by a crazy tyrannical leader like has happened in, let’s say Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said.
Here’s the video. And let me just say this: Anyone suggesting the use of nuclear weapons has pretty much surrendered any right to be taken seriously ever again.