This round of questions is going to be based on a scenario which we think is quite plausible that any of you as president might well end up facing.
It concerns Iran, and these are the circumstances. Its nuclear
program has continued to advance; U.N. weapon
…are now saying that it appears that uh, that Iran is on the verge of being able to produce and may even be producing nuclear weapon
Iran has suspended its cooperation with the U.N. nuclear
agency, and asked the inspector
s to leave the country. Cross-border incidents in Iraq…
…involving elements of the Revolutionary Guards have continued to increase and are a continuing problem for U.S. forces there and for the Iraqis as well. …
The U.N. Security Council has imposed some economic sanctions on Iran, but has refused to authorize the use of force against that country.
In addition, the threats by Iran’s leader against Israel have become more pronounced, and more extreme. What do you do?
-Congressman Paul. -For one thing, one thing I would remember very clearly is the president doesn’t have the authority to go to war! -
-He goes to the Congress! -So what do you do? So what do you do? -
He goes to the Congress and finds out if there’s any threat to our national security. And thinking back to the 1960s…
when I was in the Air Force for five years - and there was a Cold War going on, and the Soviet
s had 40,000, and we stood them down,
and we didn’t have to have a nuclear confrontation
- I would say that we should go very cautiously
. We should back off. We should be talking to Iran right now.
We shouldn’t be looking for the opportunity to attack them. They are at the present time, with... according to the AEIA, cooperating...
and by the end of the year they’re supposed to be willing to reveal all that they are doing.
So instead of looking for this scenario where it is inevitable that we have to attack, I think we ought to be talking about,
"How do you get along with some people that are deadly like the Soviet
s and the Chinese and the many others?"
-We don’t have to resort to war every single time there’s a confrontation
. -Congressman... -They are not a threat to Israel. -
Israel has 200 or 300 nuclear
missiles, and they can take care of themselves. So you shouldn’t assume
that we have to jump
(Thank you, Congressman.) in and go to war (Thank you.) and we certainly shouldn’t do it without the consent of the Congress.
Thank you, sir. Thank you. Congressman Tancredo, let us add to this -