I hate rashly throwing around words like racist or anti-Semite, but in Pat Buchanan’s case, I really am beginning to wonder if he hate’s Israel and the Jews.
I have defended Buchanan’s foreign policy positions in the past, but his most recent attack on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has me scratching my head.
Buchanan made an appearance on Sean Hannity’s radio program on Monday, after the Israeli Prime Minister proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that Iran was lying, and had indeed been working toward developing nuclear weapons that they could launch on a missile system.
In his conversation with Hannity, Buchanan argued that Netanyahu was simply trying to force the United States to go to war with Iran so that Israel wouldn’t have to. Buchanan implied that Netanyahu had been lying, that the information he shared with the world on Monday wasn’t true, and that he was trying to trick Trump into starting another war.
The only way I can understand this is by believing that Buchanan is either an idiot, or an anti-Semite. If he really believes Iran doesn’t want to build a nuclear weapon, then he’s an idiot, because the proof is right there. If he’s lying, then my only conclusion can be that he’s an anti-Semite because what other reason could he have for being willing to let a regime whose desire is the destruction of Israel, get a hold of a bomb that is 5X stronger than the one we dropped on Hiroshima?
Anyway, you can hear his ridiculous argument for yourself here, even Hannity can’t believe what he’s hearing:
Partial Transcript from RCP:
PAT BUCHANAN: Bibi has been crying wolf for decades.
U.S. intelligence agencies in 2007, and again in 2011 said with high confidence that they have no evidence of a nuclear weapons program in Iran, subsequent to that, we had the deal.
Now, if Iran has a nuclear weapons program and is working on it in secret that would be an abject failure on the part of American intelligence…
SEAN HANNITY: Do you actually doubt that the Iranians are building a nuclear weapons program?
PAT BUCHANAN: Look, the reason the Iranians signed the deal is because of the truth of what American intelligence said. Sean, they didn’t have a nuclear weapons program.
HANNITY: Pat, you’re not making sense here.
BUCHANAN: Listen to me, Sean. Ahmadinejad said, ‘look, I’m not stupid. If we spent all this time, money, energy and money building an atomic bomb, and the Americans have 5,000?’ One atomic bomb?
HANNITY: Why would America, even under Obama, if they really didn’t think these mullahs in Iran had these nuclear ambitions, there never would have been a reason in Obama’s mind… to back up the Brinks truck… $150 billion, and they continue to spin their centrifuges, and we don’t get to have the inspectors we want. Of course, they’re building a nuclear weapons program?
BUCHANAN: If they’re building a nuclear weapon than the American intelligence agencies have misled us again, or have lied to us again. Get all three of those guys, heads of the CIA, DIA, and DNI and put them up before Sen. Corker’s [Senate intelligence] committee and say: Does Iran have a secret nuclear weapons program operating, and if so, when did it begin? Because you guys told us they didn’t have one.
HANNITY: So you didn’t watch Bibi Netanyahu’s evidence today, or didn’t believe it? I believed every word of it.
BUCHANAN: Bibi Netanyahu, with due respect, wants the United States to fight a war against Iran on Israel’s behalf. I don’t want my country getting into another war.
HANNITY: I don’t want another war either, but if you look at North Korea… Bribing didn’t work then.
BUCHANAN: The reason Iran doesn’t have a bomb is that they don’t want it. They could have built a bomb.
HANNITY: Here’s the problem. if you marry a nuclear weapon with the fanaticism of the mullahs in Iran, you’re looking at a modern day Holocaust… The same people who strap bombs to their kids and promise them virgins in heaven, if they have nuclear capability the world is headed for more death and destruction that perhaps we’ve ever seen.
BUCHANAN: Sean, come on, Sean. Do you really think–?
HANNITY: Comey on Pat, 100 million souls were lost in the last century. 100 million.
BUCHANAN: Do you really think, Sean, the Iranian government, all those guys over there, some with a lot of money, want a nuclear war with the U.S. so they’ll go to heaven? Come on! You’re taking in this propaganda and just swallowing it.
HANNITY: I don’t think the old rules of detente, or the old rules of mututally assured destruction work on people that think they’re doing God’s will… the radical Islamic mullahs.
BUCHANAN: Hannity, let me ask you something. Why haven’t they started a war with the United States already?
HANNITY: They just got $150 billion, they just keep holding out and someone keeps bribing them. Don’t you think what Obama did was dumb?
BUCHANAN: The Iran nuclear agreement deal, the Iranians got the best of it because they weren’t building a bomb and we rewarded them!
Sean, we have inspectors. The only centrifuges running are in Natanz and they’re running low grade Uranium, they gave up 90% of the rest of the Uranium.
Look Sean, listen to me. Tell the IAEA to go in and either confirm or deny what Netanyahu said. Don’t rely on him. Rely on our CIA coming out and saying, ‘We were wrong, Netanyahu is right, they have a secret atomic bomb program and they’re working on it right now and they have been and we were lied to.’
If the CIA and DIA do that, I would say first to fire the guys in charge who didn’t cover it. And second, maybe we should act, but certainly not act on second-hand documents and a press conference from Bibi Netanyahu.
What are we going to do, rely on a press conference from Bibi Netanyahu to go to war?