What exactly did former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee say that inspired Jon Stewart’s silent comedic routine on Monday night (July 28th), “offended” Hillary Clinton “personally,” and made Mika Brzezinski nearly cry on Tuesday morning? Let’s take a look. Huckabee said the following: “This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that [Barack Obama] would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”
This comment has been described as “appalling,” “disgusting,” and “disappointing” by individuals ranging from Republican contenders to the President. Of course, we can always point out the usual suspects. The typical leftist pundits weighed in. They will always find fault with absolutely anything said by anyone from the right. But was Huckabee inaccurate in his description of the Iranian nuclear deal as marching the Israelis to the door of the oven? No, not at all.
The Left would like you to believe that a nuclear armed, Holocaust denying Iran would never use a nuclear weapon to achieve its clearly stated objective of destroying Israel. This is predicated on the wishful thinking of a concept called “Nuclear Peace Theory.” This theory essentially asserts that nuclear armed nations will never use a nuclear weapon because the consequences of such use are so drastic that the newfound power injects rational behavior. This is folly.
To date, the only true test of this theory were two enormously powerful nuclear armed contestants with satellites on either side. Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) was the rational deterrent. Would we use a nuke if Iran were to use one on Israel? Probably not. As for Israel’s purported nuclear weapons, would it have time to launch a counter strike? Maybe. But nuclear destruction is not the effect of the first strike, it is the consequence of a second strike. Iran’s vast territory almost guarantees a second strike. Israel, by contrast, with its relatively small geographic footprint would be annihilated in seconds with only a few weapons.
Do not believe me? Consider this quote made by Ayatollah Rafsanjani, former President of Iran and if he were younger, a likely replacement for Ayatollah Khamenei if the latter were to die: “If a day comes when the world of Islam is duly equipped with the arms Israel has in possession, the strategy of colonialism would face a stalemate because application of an atomic bomb would not leave anything in Israel but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world.” That is not vitriol. That is a calculated determination of the cause and effect of Iran’s use of a nuclear weapon on Israel. Iran has rightfully considered that its vast territory would better weather a nuclear attack than the smaller space occupied by Israel.
And how would the world respond? It is time to be honest. The world would do nothing to an Iran that eliminated Israel.
The United States and its allies, perhaps the European Union, would sanction the Iranians heavily, but no one would use military means to punish a post-nuclear strike Iran. The United Nations would probably establish some sort of system to help clean-up the fall out in the surviving territories and tend to the rebuilding of the crippled state. Money would pour into Iran in the guise of humanitarian aid. Iran, for its part, which does not weigh decisions in decades or even generations, as we do in the United States, would know that its decision may cripple it short term, but not in the long term. Iran is playing a game that it has played in this region for millennia. Persia is going nowhere anytime soon – even if it launches a nuclear weapon on a nearly universally despised Israel.
Iran knows that the United States is Israel’s only true ally. Eliminate Israel and there really is nothing anyone else will do. In fact, given the latest round of anti-Semitic behavior throughout the rest of the world, many may cheer.
- “…the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew.” Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
- “The Zionists are the true manifestation of Satan . . . ” Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Huckabee may be on to something.
Let’s address some of the pathetically inaccurate bashing of Huckabee’s comments and their intentions head on. Brzezinski stated that Huckabee’s comments equated the actions of the Obama Administration to Hitler. Vox contributor, Max Fisher, an “expert” in Christian theology, wrote that Huckabee’s motivation for making his comments “…come down to Christian theology. Which is to say, it is a preoccupation with Israel that is not primarily about Israel or its inhabitants, but rather is about their place in Christianity. That is how you can have an ostensibly pro-Israel statement that is nonetheless breathtakingly offensive to actual Jews.” My favorite, however, came from none other than the National Jewish Democratic Council which stated that Huckabee’s comments were an “unacceptable attack against President Obama that smears the memory of Holocaust victims.”
They are all wrong.
- Dear Ms. Brzezinski, Huckabee was not comparing Obama to Hitler, he was comparing Obama to Chamberlain. If you read the deal, he is correct. To placate the Iranians the way we did was nothing short of appeasement and it does in fact lead to a nuclear armed Iran. We have no evidence to suggest that Iran will not use its newfound nuclear power to destroy Israel, but we have plenty of rhetorical evidence to suggest that it will. Just as Hitler’s own words prior to the acquisition of the Sudetenland suggested he would take the rest of Eastern Europe, so too should we take Iran’s words seriously. Chamberlain, in his quest for peace, ignored Hitler’s earlier warnings that he would take Eastern Europe. Within eighteen months, your father’s homeland was Nazi property. Why shouldn’t we consider the fact that the Iranians are speaking the truth and hope to destroy Israel once it has a nuclear weapon? Have we not learned the lesson that rhetoric matters? Unfortunately, it appears we have not.
- Dear Mr. Fisher, before you attempt to condense Governor Huckabee’s feelings for Israel into a convenient simplification of Christianity’s interpretation of the Book of Revelations, please visit a Baptist Church, or for that matter, any other evangelical church. Your comments are embarrassing. Please pull off the anti-Christian blindfold and investigate more than that which was told to you by your undergraduate political science professor. You will find a more complex relationship with Israel and Judaism exists in the South than your latte sipping colleagues know.
- Dear NJDC, Governor Huckabee’s comments do not smear the memory of Holocaust victims. If anything, they retell the lessons that led to that tragic event. The road to Auschwitz was paved with rhetoric ignored by those who preferred to placate in the name of peace.
All of this said, the notion of an insensitive, self-serving, “Trumpified” Governor Huckabee is preposterous. He was telling the truth. Sadly, this is not about that which he said. Anyone paying attention to history and even modestly knowledgeable about Iran’s intentions would find nothing wrong in that which Huckabee has said. Rather, this is about the delegitimization of a Republican candidate. This is a tried and true method of the Left. Make the candidate seem like a wholly unacceptable individual to run for office. Use his words out of context to ensure he is marginalized (e.g., the Obama-Hitler analogy). Ensure he is tied to some variation of Right-wing fanaticism (Born Again Christians are the easiest to target). Make his words sound as though they are anti-Semitic in content (“smear the memory of…”). All of this is nonsense, yet all of this has worked in the past. If Jon Stewart can make fun of the candidate, he will become unacceptable to the electorate.
Maybe Mr. Stewart will step out of retirement someday to poke fun at a post-attack Tel Aviv someday.
Personally, I do not support Huckabee as a candidate. He is just not my guy. But I believe he was dead-on accurate in his portrayal of the threat posed by this latest deal. Huckabee’s comments were honest. The Iran deal does in fact lay a pathway to a second holocaust. While true that the plan does not in fact establish ovens, let me state the obvious: a nuclear weapon fired upon Israel is a far more efficient method of incinerating Jews than a concentration camp. Different method, same effect. Therefore, what is inaccurate about Huckabee’s comments? Nothing.