Friday, August 03, 2007
Appealing to the Base
Other GOP '08 hopefuls take notice. Tom Tancredo may not have a realistic shot at the Oval Office, but this is the kind of campaign talk many of us want to hear:
"...Republican presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo says the best way he can think of to deter a nuclear terrorist attack on the US is to threaten to retaliate by bombing Islamic holy sites.
The Colorado congressman on Tuesday told about 30 people at a town hall meeting in the state of Iowa that he believes such a terrorist attack could be imminent and that the US needs to hurry up and think of a way to stop it.
“If it is up to me, we are going to explain that an attack on this homeland of that nature would be followed by an attack on the holy sites in Mecca and Medina,” Tancredo said at the Family Table restaurant.
“Because that’s the only thing I can think of that might deter somebody from doing what they otherwise might do,” Tancredo said in comments recorded and posted on the Web site iowapolitics.com.
A Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group responded in anger on Thursday, calling Tancredo’s statement “unworthy of anyone seeking public office in the United States.” “Perhaps it’s evidence of a long-shot candidate grasping at straws and trying to create some kind of a controversy that might appeal to a niche audience of anti-Muslim bigots,” said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Campaign spokesman, Alan Moore, said Tancredo stands by his statement. Experts say Tancredo has no hope of going to the White House. Opinion polls put him at the bottom of the Republican field with 1percent." (source)
Damn straight. And someone please tell me what would be wrong about saying that? Maybe that's a way to finally get the ever-elusive "moderate muslim" to defend his religion. If ANY other attack is carried out on American soil, you will be facing a crater to pray five times a day... It's your job to clean up your religion, not ours. You have a chance to handle it your way until an attack, and then we handle it ours... I'm likin' Tom today!