News

US Republican Presidential Candidates Promise Hard Line on Iran

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, March 6, 2012.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, March 6, 2012.

Republican presidential candidates are lashing out at Iran, promising a pro-Israel group they will not hesitate to use America's military might against Tehran.

Former Senator Rick Santorum, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich spoke to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Tuesday, as Americans in 10 states went to the polls to vote in the Super Tuesday primaries.

Santorum called for the United States to give Iran a "clear ultimatum" to dismantle its nuclear facilities.  And he said if Iran fails to comply, the U.S. should "tear them down ourselves."

Santorum told the pro-Israel political affairs group a nuclear Iran is a "threat to freedom loving people around the world" and that if Iran gets nuclear weapons, it will serve as a shield, protecting radical regimes and terrorists around the world.

Romney, speaking by a video link, accused Iran of pursuing nuclear weapons to "hold hostage the entire planet," and said in a reference to enemies of Israel " that placating jihadists will never result in peace."

He said the "only thing respected by thugs and tyrants is our resolve backed our power and our readiness to use it," promising to place "multiple aircraft carriers and warships at Iran's door."

Gingrich, also speaking by video link, warned the U.S. cannot keep talking while the Iranians keep developing their nuclear program, saying "the red line is now."  He said that, if elected, he would adopt a strategy to replace the Iranian government by every means short of war.

Gingrich also promised to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as a recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the divided city, and a U.S. energy policy that would ensure no U.S. president would ever again have "bow to a Saudi king."

All three also accused President Barack Obama of turning his back on Israel, and chided administration officials for suggesting Iran would not use a nuclear weapon.  

Santorum said there is nothing in the rhetoric from Iran to suggest the country is being run by "rational actors."  

Administration officials have denied the accusations that they do not fully support Israel saying cooperation between Israel and the U.S. in a variety of civil and military affairs has never been higher.  

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments page of 3
    Next 
by: Godwin
March 07, 2012 7:38 AM
Here are the real Americans speaking in real American terms in American language to the world. Even though America today harbors many non-Americans who found their way in there one way or another, yet the true Americans understand that America is not complete when Israel is in trouble. America, in defense of democracy, reaches out to Israel - the only true democracy in all of Asia and the Middle East, and this interest must be defended at all costs.

by: dm
March 06, 2012 11:53 AM
wonder if Ricky boy would be willing to send his kids to war. This country cannot afford Iraq II.

by: jose
March 06, 2012 10:38 AM
Meanwhile in their underground mountain fortress the iranians discover that they get one hell of a bang when they combine diet coke and mentos, EUREKA!

by: William
March 06, 2012 10:08 AM
If ron paul became president there would not be enough news to report on since there won,t be any wars to report from and the last damn thing the press is going to do is let there be peace in the world, Thats why they don,t like ron.

by: Gab to Griffin
March 06, 2012 9:48 AM
I don't know EXACTLY what the president should do, because I don't know EXACTLY what is discussed behind closed doors, or the intelligence that is not for public consumption. It appears that this President cannot be manipulated by either the Israelis or the oil rich Countries that we have become dependent on. However, given Israel's history and the Islamic Charters and the stated ambitions that call for the destruction of the Jewish State, Israelis have to deal with these guys.

by: William
March 06, 2012 9:00 AM
Yeah it sounds like the repugnants want to get tough on everyone including the middle class the poor along with the iranians, I know that both parties pander to the rich drying up the social security surplus, I got $300.00 from bush, I know a guy that got $50.000 from bush, Put it this way, Campaign contributions from corporations and the rich are essentially political bribes.

by: CZ
March 06, 2012 7:50 AM
It's sickening how these 3 Republican Presidential candidates didn't even have the guts to confront Rush Limbaugh, but they're all gung-ho to get more American service people killed and maimed and spend a few hundred billion taxpayer dollars on another no-win war. They sure know how to act tough when someone else is paying the price, don't they?

by: Buddy
March 06, 2012 7:35 AM
True, but you forgot to mention Ron Paul the stanch anti-interventionist whom has received more donations from active duty then the other 3 combined!

by: ranger 1
March 06, 2012 7:32 AM
It is easy to say you would go to war with Iran when your are not in office......it is not so easy when you are actually in charge of starting another war in the Middle East. Can the US afford another war? Can our relations with the Islamic world stand another war on them. What could be more difficult than deciding the fate of more soldiers and untold numbers of civilians? Nuclear Iran, any different than dealing with North Korea, Pakistan, China or other nuclear powers?

by: Philbert Jamackiewicz
March 06, 2012 7:20 AM
What I hear these Repugnant Candidates saying is that the only way to win the hearts and minds of the Iranians is by spilling their blood and guts. You cannot force peoples to like you, and by trying all you accomplish is them wanting to destroy you. Israel has repeatedly asked us to let them defend themselves, not for us to take care of the bully on the block for them. Non-Intervention is the best course of action when it comes to Iran, ignore them and all of their posturing is useless.
Comments page of 3
    Next 

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Booming London Property a ‘Haven for Dirty Money’i
X
July 29, 2015 9:34 PM
Billions of dollars of so-called ‘dirty money’ from the proceeds of crime - especially from Russia - are being laundered through the London property market, according to anti-corruption activists. As Henry Ridgwell reports from the British capital, the government has pledged to crack down on the practice.
Video

Video Booming London Property a ‘Haven for Dirty Money’

Billions of dollars of so-called ‘dirty money’ from the proceeds of crime - especially from Russia - are being laundered through the London property market, according to anti-corruption activists. As Henry Ridgwell reports from the British capital, the government has pledged to crack down on the practice.
Video

Video Hometown of Boy Scouts of America Founder Reacts to Gay Leader Decision

Ottawa, Illinois, is the hometown of W.D. Boyce, who founded the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. In Ottawa, where Scouting remains an important part of the legacy of the community, the end of the organization's ban on openly gay adult leaders was seen as inevitable. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.
Video

Video 'Metal Muscles' Flex a New Bionic Hand

Artificial limbs, including the most complex of them – the human hand – are getting more life-like and useful due to constant advances in tiny hydraulic, pneumatic and electric motors called actuators. But now, as VOA’s George Putic reports, scientists in Germany say the future of the prosthetic hand may lie not in motors but in wires that can ‘remember’ their shape.
Video

Video Russia Accused of Abusing Interpol to Pursue Opponents

A British pro-democracy group has accused Russia of abusing the global law enforcement agency Interpol by requesting the arrest and extradition of political opponents. A new report by the group notes such requests can mean the accused are unable to travel and are often unable to open bank accounts. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video 'Positive Atmosphere' Points Toward TPP Trade Deal in Hawaii

Talks on a major new trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations are said to be nearing completion in Hawaii. Some trade experts say the "positive atmosphere" at the discussions could mean a deal is within reach, but there is still hard bargaining to be done over many issues and products, including U.S. drugs and Japanese rice. VOA's Jim Randle reports.
Video

Video Genome Initiative Urgently Moves to Freeze DNA Before Species Go Extinct

Earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction. The last such event was caused by an asteroid 66 million years ago. It killed off the dinosaurs and practically everything else. So scientists are in a race against time to classify the estimated 11 million species alive today. So far only 2 million are described by science, and researchers are worried many will disappear before they even have a name. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Scientists: One-Dose Malaria Cure is Possible

Scientists have long been trying to develop an effective protection and cure for malaria - one of the deadliest diseases that affects people in tropical areas, especially children. As the World Health Organization announces plans to begin clinical trials of a promising new vaccine, scientists in South Africa report that they too are at an important threshold. George Putic reports, they are testing a compound that could be a single-dose cure for malaria.
Video

Video 'New York' Magazine Features 35 Cosby Accusers

The latest issue of 'New York' magazine features 35 women who say they were drugged and raped by film and television celebrity Bill Cosby. The women are aged from 44 to 80 and come from different walks of life and races. The magazine interviewed each of them separately, but Zlatica Hoke reports their stories are similar.
Video

Video US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a Must Win

The United States is promising not to give up its fight against what Secretary of State John Kerry calls the “scourge” of modern slavery. Officials released the country’s annual human trafficking report Monday – a report that’s being met with some criticism. VOA’s National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more from the State Department.
Video

Video Washington DC Underground Streetcar Station to Become Arts Venue

Abandoned more than 50 years ago, the underground streetcar station in Washington D.C.’s historic DuPont Circle district is about to be reborn. The plan calls for turning the spacious underground platforms - once meant to be a transportation hub, - into a unique space for art exhibitions, presentations, concerts and even a film set. Roman Mamonov has more from beneath the streets of the U.S. capital. Joy Wagner narrates his report.
Video

Video Europe’s Twin Crises Collide in Greece as Migrant Numbers Soar

Greece has replaced Italy as the main gateway for migrants into Europe, with more than 100,000 arrivals in the first six months of 2015. Many want to move further into Europe and escape Greece’s economic crisis, but they face widespread dangers on the journey overland through the Balkans. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Stink Intensifies as Lebanon’s Trash Crisis Continues

After the closure of a major rubbish dump a week ago, the streets of Beirut are filling up with trash. Having failed to draw up a plan B, politicians are struggling to deal with the problem. John Owens has more for VOA from Beirut.
Video

Video Paris Rolls Out Blueprint to Fight Climate Change

A U.N. climate conference in December aims to produce an ambitious agreement to fight heat-trapping greenhouse gases. But many local governments are not waiting, and have drafted their own climate action plans. That’s the case with Paris — which is getting special attention, since it’s hosting the climate summit. Lisa Bryant takes a look for VOA at the transformation of the French capital into an eco-city.
Video

Video Racially Diverse Spider-Man Takes Center Stage

Whether it’s in a comic book or on the big screen, fans have always known the man behind the Spider-Man mask as Peter Parker. But that is changing, at least in the comic book world. Marvel Comics announced that a character called Miles Morales will replace Peter Parker as Spider-Man in a new comic book series. He is half Latino, half African American, and he is quite popular among comic book fans. Correspondent Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.
Video

Video Historic Symbol Is Theme of Vibrant New Show

A new exhibit in Washington is paying tribute to the American flag with a wide and eclectic selection of artwork that uses the historic symbol as its central theme. VOA’s Julie Taboh was at the DC Chamber of Commerce for the show’s opening.

VOA Blogs