So the Republican debates temporarily turned into a locker room pi$$ing contest over the subject of Iranian seafaring vessels. Per the Times Online:
Asked whether the American commanders on the scene were right in not attacking the Iranian boats, Mr Huckabee said he backed their decisions, before warning Iran: "Be prepared, first, to put your sights on the American vessel. And then be prepared that the next thing you see will be the gates of Hell, because that is exactly what you will see after that."
So much for the funny likable modest minister routine. Fred Thompson picked up on this with his own zinger: "I think one more step and they would have been introduced to those virgins that they're looking forward to seeing."
This should scare the crap out of every American who thinks our foreign policy should engage in a minimum of blustery inflammatory rhetoric.
Does anyone remember "axis of evil" and how it helped turn Iran from a U.S. supporter in Afghanistan to enemy number 3 (or number 2; did we rank the "axis" according to attackability)?
We can do better. Yes we can.