Ames, Iowa, GOP Debate:
Paul Schools Santorum, Bachmann on Iran, War by Thomas Eddlem: "Asked by Fox News channel anchor Chris Wallace why Paul was 'soft' on Iran in his opposition to economic sanctions against the country, Paul told the debate audience that the threat from Iran was small when looked at through the lens of history:
'Just think of what we went through in the Cold War when I was in the Air Force, after I was drafted into the Air Force, all through the Sixties. We were standing up against the Soviets. They had like 30,000 nuclear weapons with intercontinental missiles. Just think of the agitation and the worry about a country that might get a nuclear weapon some day.'
Paul concluded of sanctions: 'That makes it much worse. Why would that be so strange if the Soviets and the Chinese had nuclear weapons, we tolerated the Soviets. We didn't attack them. And they were a much greater danger. They were the greatest danger to us in our whole history. But you don't go to war with them.'
Paul also asked the audience to consider the nuclear issue from the perspective of the Iranian people:"
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