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Fri Dec 30, 2011, 12:15 PM

Rick Santorum Wants to Send a Message to Egypt by Attacking Iran


from The Atlantic:



One divide on the right pits those who want America to embrace the Arab Spring against folks who think encouraging democracy in that region will just bring to power Islamist governments antagonistic to our interests. Rick Santorum takes the latter position. "This is exactly the problem that we got into when we supported those who wanted to throw out Hosni Mubarak, who clearly was a dictator and a tyrant, but he was someone that we could work with," he said during a Wednesday interview. "We should have been, instead of disengaging, as Obama did, should have continued to engage and move in some more political and economic freedom."

Lest you think that the former Pennsylvania senator is a realist, however, be sure to delve deeper into his views, for they're yet another example of a Republican presidential candidate asserting fantastical critiques of President Obama's foreign policy and suggesting that we replace it with a sort of aggression that almost certainly wouldn't solve the problems being discussed.

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Remember that Santorum isn't someone who proudly proclaims his ignorance of foreign policy, like Herman Cain, who at least promised that he'd get advisers more knowledgeable than he was. Santorum really thinks he knows his stuff. And yet his actual plan for addressing rising Islamism in Sunni countries is to attack Iran in a way that he thinks will "send a message" to everyone else. Does he imagine that after these bombing strikes on Iran the Islamists in Egypt will say to themselves, "Oh, America is tougher than we imagined, and we're actually going to elect a pro-Western, secular government now that we've seen the consequences for Iran?" This would be a foolish way to look at the world in any case, but even after the Iraq War, does Santorum still not understand that the messages neoconservatives think they're sending and the geopolitical consequences they predict actually aren't what come to pass? ..........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/12/rick-santorum-wants-to-send-a-message-to-egypt-by-attacking-iran/250680/



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Fri Dec 30, 2011, 12:38 PM

1. I'll never understand this mindset

Bush did the same thing: With his help, the Saudis attacked us on 9/11 and Bush retaliated by invading Iraq. Now Santorum wants to attack Iran as a warning to Egypt. Doesn't make sense.

Oh, and Ricky: "This is exactly the problem that we got into when we supported those who wanted to throw out Hosni Mubarak, who clearly was a dictator and a tyrant, but he was someone that we could work with," he said during a Wednesday interview. "We should have been, instead of disengaging, as Obama did, should have continued to engage and move in some more political and economic freedom." Why should we accept "dictators and tyrants" simply because we can "work with them?"

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