Thursday, January 12, 2012

Newt's Iran policy

Maybe I watch too many spy shows on TV, but is this really what you want your presidential candidate to say on TV?

The operative line: Newt says, "First of all, maximum covert operations to block and disrupt the Iranian [nuclear] program, including taking out their scientists, including breaking up their systems, all of it covertly, all of it deniable. Second, maximum coordination with the Israelis..." 

Before that Newt says he certainly wouldn't do what Obama is doing, "Both the answers you just got are superior to the current administration."

Firstly, how does Gingrich know what the Obama administration is doing?  How does he know the US was not behind the recent attacks on Iranian scientists? If Obama were panning to target foreign scientists all along, wouldn't it be much more prudent to publicly denounce these acts, or at least keep quiet as he has done? Isn't that what covert is?

Secondly, and more importantly, do we really want a future president on record saying that he would take covert steps to illegally target foreign scientists and make sure it was all deniable?  Really? Does Newt think that Iranians don't own televisions, or their public opinion doesn't matter?  Is this Newt's master plan for the re-working of civilization? 

(from C&L)

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