Saturday, December 17, 2011

Death of MAD reaches GOP presidential candidates’ debate - no reaction

The following transcript  from FOX News is mine. If  the official transcript appears  I  will provide it  

Rick Santorum 

Rick Santorum served two terms in the U.S. House and two terms in the U.S. Senate. He became the Senate's third-ranking Republican in 2001. He was defeated for reelection in 2006

This is what Rick Santorum said on MAD:
"They’ve been at war with us since 1979…The IEDs that have killed so many soldiers, they are manufactured in Iran.   Iran is not any other country.  It’s a country that is ruled by the equivalent of Al Qaeda on top of this country.  They are a radical theocracy.  The principle virtue of the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to president Ahmadinejad, is not freedom or opportunity.  It’s martyrdom. 

The idea, Ron, that mutual assured destruction like the policy during the Cold War with the Soviet Union would work on Iran when their principal virtue is martyrdom is.… mutual assured destruction with respect to Iran would not be any idea of preventing a war; it would be an inducement to war.  This is what their objective is. Their objective is to, in fact create a calamity. That is what their theology teaches. They believe that it is their mission to take on the West. They don’t hate us because of what we do or the policies we have.  They hate us because of who we are and what we believe in, and we need to make sure that they do not have a nuclear weapon, and we should be working with the State of Israel right now. We should use covert activity and we should be planning missile attacks against their facilities   and  say that if you do not abandon those facilities  and close them down we will close them down for you.”

The good news is that the death of MAD has been discussed at the GOP presidential contenders‘ debate in Sioux CityIowa  on Thursday, December 15. The bad news is that hardly anybody noticed.  I could not find a single video or transcript of the entire debate let alone the MAD related part. This in itself is quite indicative. Newt Gingrich’s comment on the Palestinians being an “invented people” created a considerable uproar after  the previous debate . Rick Santorum’s statement on the death of MAD regarding Iran, as important as Gingrich's statement on the Palestinians,  went unnoticed. Is everyone asleep?. Or is it that nobody else except him grasps the significance?