Republican presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo’s campaign stood by his assertion that bombing holy Muslim sites would serve as a good “deterrent” to prevent Islamic fundamentalists from attacking the United States, his spokeswoman said Friday.
“This shows that we mean business,” said Bay Buchanan, a senior Tancredo adviser. “There’s no more effective deterrent than that. But he is open-minded and willing to embrace other options. This is just a means to deter them from attacking us.”
On Tuesday, Tancredo warned a group of Iowans that another terrorist attack would “cause a worldwide economic collapse.” IowaPolitics.com recorded his comments.
“If it is up to me, we are going to explain that an attack on this homeland of that nature would be followed by an attack on the holy sites in Mecca and Medina,” Tancredo said. “That is the only thing I can think of that might deter somebody from doing what they would otherwise do. If I am wrong, fine, tell me, and I would be happy to do something else. But you had better find a deterrent, or you will find an attack.”
Tom Casey, a deputy spokesman for the State Department, told CNN’s Elise Labott that the congressman’s comments were “reprehensible” and “absolutely crazy.” Tancredo was widely criticized in 2005 for making a similar suggestion…”
Comment: OK, Tancredo is being called on it. Irresponsible, crazy….
But guess what? He isn’t the first person to say it. Here’s Michael Ledeen, neocon guru and noted mullah-baiter:
In 2000: “[T]he defense of the country is one of those extreme situation in which a leader is justified in committing evil.”(‘Michael Ledeen, Machiavelli on Modern Leadership: Why Machiavelli’s Iron Rules Are As Timely and Important Today As Five Centuries Ago (New York, NY: Random House, 2000))”
“Stability is an unworthy American mission, and a misleading concept to boot. We do not want stability in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and even Saudi Arabia; we want things to change. The real issue is not whether, but how to destabilize.” (‘Michael Ledeen, “The War on Terror Won’t End in Baghdad,” Wall Street Journal, 4 September 2002.’)” Wall Street Journal, 9/4/2002]
So, why is Tancredo so crazy for articulating what one of the leading theorists of this government has been saying for the last 7 years in every major news outlet in this country without censure?
Posted by: L | August 4, 2007
War Mongering: Tancredo urges bombing of Mecca and Medina…
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