Columnist Pat Buchanan said that he was “not scared” of Iran and downplayed Iran’s threat on Wednesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.
Buchanan cited past threats made by Iran against Israel, and declared “Ahmadinejad was in power for eight years. He did nothing. He was a blowhard. Are we going to be frightened by words from some character in Iran?”
He continued, “in Iraq, Iran is fighting ISIS and al Qaeda. In Syria, they’re fighting ISIS on behalf of Assad. In Yemen, they’re not involved there…they’re fighting our enemies. I’d rather have Iranians up there fighting in Tikrit and dying than American kids there.”
Buchanan also downplayed the threat of Iran’s nuclear program stating “listen to the American Head of Intelligence. He says Iran does not have a bomb program as of 2013. Secondly, if they start building a bomb, we will know it.” And “Bibi’s been talking about Iran getting a bomb since 1992. In 2006, he said they’ll be building 25 bombs by the end of the decade. Are they? No.”
Buchanan conclued, “I’m not scared of Iran for God’s [sake]…Bibi’s sitting on 200 atom bombs and he’s fretting over Iran.” Although he did say he didn’t want them getting a nuclear weapon, but was confident the US could stop them.
He also argued “the reason Iran’s — is going to be a power in the Gulf is because your President George W. Bush, invaded Iraq and turned it into a lot of Iran.”
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