“We need to be prepared to protect ourselves from those who…would take out entire cities.”

Posted on November 22, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"But if you're trying to find somebody who may have a nuclear weapon that they are trying to bring into an American city, I think you want to use every tool that you can possibly use to gather the intelligence. The Patriot Act has clearly been a key part of that. And I think looking at it carefully and extending it and building an honest understanding that all of us will be in danger for the rest of our lives. This is not going to end in the short run. And we need to be prepared to protect ourselves from...

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“We could break the Iranian regime…[starting with] sabotaging the only refinery they have.”

Posted on November 22, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"We need a strategy of defeating and replacing the current Iranian regime with minimum use of force. We need a strategy, as Rick Santorum was saying, of being honest about radical Islam and designing a strategy to defeat it wherever it happens to exist.We need a strategy in central Asia that recognizes that, frankly, if you’re Pashtun, you don’t care whether you’re in Pakistan or Afghanistan, because you have the same tribal relationships. So we need to be much more strategic and less tactical in our discussion.But if we were serious, we could break the Iranian regime, I think, within...

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“I think the Patriot Act is unpatriotic because it undermines our liberty”

Posted on November 22, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“I think the Patriot Act is unpatriotic because it undermines our liberty”

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“We don’t give Miranda warnings to terrorists”

Posted on November 22, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“We don't give Miranda warnings to terrorists, and we don't read them their rights. They don't have any”

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Herman Cain, the Biggest Indictment of American Political Culture

Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Blog

It had been a while since Herman Cain first caught my eye when he said he wouldn’t appoint Muslims to his cabinet. Since then, his bigotry had been eclipsed by his stupidity and ignorance (to say nothing of his alleged sexual harassment), from repeatedly contradicting himself on abortion rights in a matter of seconds, to his laughably muddied “thoughts” (if you can even call them that without insulting actual thoughts) on Libya, and the list goes on. But his bigotry is now making a comeback into the spotlight.

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“There is no Palestinian. This is Israeli land.”

Posted on November 21, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“All the people that live in the West Bank are Israelis.  They are not Palestinians. There is no Palestinian. This is Israeli land...It was ground that was gained during war. Should we give Texas back to Mexico? Bottom line, it is legitimately Israeli country.”

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“If we have solidarity with Israel, then we have hostility to the Palestinians”

Posted on November 16, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"if we have solidarity with Israel, then we have hostility to the Palestinians"

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Republicans Debate Foreign Policy

Posted on November 14, 2011 in Washington Watch

This Presidential election couldn't have come at a worse time for America and the Arab World. Since candidates are more focused on politics than on sound policy, critical issues will not receive the thoughtfulness they require. And so instead of addressing and working creatively to resolve a number of crises that are coming to a head across the Arab region, Washington will spend the election season pandering and politicking, making things worse, while rendering America increasingly isolated and powerless to have a positive impact in a rapidly changing Arab World.   This behavior is, of course, not limited to U.S. policy...

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“...talk about the importance of having English as the official language of this country.”

Posted on November 13, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"What Gov. Perry's done is he provided in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. Maybe that was an attempt to attract the illegal vote--I mean, the Latino voters. But you attract Latino voters by talking about the importance of immigration. You talk about the importance of having English as the official language of this country."

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“I believe we need more fence.”

Posted on November 13, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"I'm the son of an Italian immigrant. I believe in immigration, as an important part of the lifeblood of this country. But what we have is a problem of an unsecure border. Unlike Gov. Perry, I believe we need to build more fence. I believe that we need to secure the border using technology and more personnel. And until we build that border, we should neither have storm troopers come in and throw people out of the country nor should we provide amnesty."

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