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Daines, Republicans as Dangerous as the Ayatollahs

There’s a bizarre website/cable TV company called Newsmax. As if Fox News didn’t already fill this niche, right-wing pundits get to espouse Republican talking points and call it news.

Sen. Steve Daines was interviewed at Newsmax on Tuesday about the so-called Iran letter, which he and 46 Republican Senators signed.

The letter basically said that any agreement with Iran over its nuclear program isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on unless it’s approved by Congress (despite the fact that five other countries, along with the U.S., are involved in the negotiations).

Since Iran is “a threat to the United States, a threat to Western Civilization, a threat to the whole world,” Daines said, he has decided to side with Iranian hardliners and screw up the negotiating process.

Another great quote on trusting Iran: “The leader of the Iranian Special Forces is considered to be responsible for up to 20 percent of American casualties in Iraq.” When, where and how, Steve, and what does this have to do with current negotiations?

But the hinkiest quote came from Dick Morris, the Republican strategist who joined Daines in the interview segment.  His take on negotiating with Iran:

“When you go over and you evince interest in a rug the guy’s selling, that’s good news for him,” said Morris, “and when you walk away, that’s bad news for him, and you’re likely to get a much lower price having walked away than staying there and bargaining.”

Yeah, Dick, just like buying a rug.  With strategies like that, I’m surprised Republicans win any elections.

This macho saber rattling is getting tiresome, and dangerous.  During the same interview, Daines and Morris went after Venezuela:

Morris said that Venezuela leads an anti-U.S. coalition of countries in South America and the Caribbean, and that the administration could neutralize Venezuela by declaring an oil embargo on the country: “That would stop their oil sales and kill their economy in a matter of weeks.”

Good idea.  After doing untold damage to the Middle East, let’s alienate all our neighbors to the south.




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Pete Talbot

'Papa’ Pete Talbot is first and foremost a grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren. Like many Montanans, he has held numerous jobs over the years: film and video producer, a partner in a marketing and advertising firm, a builder and a property manager. He’s served on local and statewide Democratic Party boards. Pete has also been blogging at various sites for over a decade. Ping-pong and skiing are his favorite diversions. He enjoys bourbon.


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