December 29, 2011
Desperate to claw their way back up in the polls, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry have attacked Ron Paul on Iran.
“One of the people running for president thinks it’s okay for Iran to have a nuclear weapon,” said Romney on Wednesday without mentioning Paul’s name directly.
Ron Paul debunks the “wipe Israel off the map” lie on Fox News, much to the incredulity of Sean Hannity.
“You don’t have to vote for a candidate who will allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Because America will be next,” said Perry from Urbandale, Iowa. “I’m here to say: You have a choice.”
Neither the IAEA or U.S. intelligence agencies have produced information indicating that Iran has a nuclear weapon or is working on one. Iran has not called for wiping “Israel off the face of the earth,” as Perry claimed. In fact, the remark is attributed to a deliberate Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) mistranslation of an Ahmadinejad speech in 2008. MEMRI is an Israel-centric propaganda tool run by a former colonel in Israeli intelligence.
Rick Perry has declared his support for Israel if it attacks Iran. “Obviously, we are going to support Israel. And I’ve said that we will support Israel in every way that we can, whether it’s diplomatic, whether it’s economic sanctions, whether it’s overt or covert operations, up to and including military action,” he said in November.
“The right course for (us on) Israel is to show that we care about Israel, they are our friend, we’ll stick with them,” Romney said during a foreign policy debate. The former Massachusetts governor has said he would use “blockade, bombardment and surgical military strikes” to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
The establishment media has portrayed Ron Paul’s non-interventionist, constitutionally-based foreign policy as dangerous and naïve. Romney, Perry, Gingrich and Bachmann – the latter supposedly representative of a formerly libertarian Tea Party – have all called for a belligerent posture toward Iran.
The handpicked GOP field of candidates naturally embrace the establishment’s fantasy narrative about Iran despite the fact there is no behavioral evidence whatsoever demonstrating Iran is building a nuclear weapon or plans to nuke Israel or any other country.
For more facts on Iran and its nuclear development and foreign policy objectives – including the pragmatic step of developing secret ties and trading arms with Israel, even as Iran and Israel denounced each other in public – see this list of key myths produced by the American Foreign Policy Project.