Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Republican White House candidate Newt Gingrich says comments from his rival Ron Paul on Iran and the potential for development of nuclear weapons in that nation are extremely dangerous — words Iowa caucuses participants should carefully consider.

“I think being indifferent to an Iranian nuclear weapon is disqualifying for a potential commander in chief,” Gingrich said in response to a question from the Daily Times Herald during a press availability with local media.

In a recent Republican debate in Sioux City, Paul, a Texas congressman, offered a walking-in-their-shoes rationale for Iran pursuing nuclear weapons.

Paul said much of the rhetoric about Iran coming from his GOP opponents amounts to saber-rattling.

“It’s another Iraq coming,” Paul said. “It’s war propaganda.”

He added, “That’s how we got into this useless war in Iraq and lost so much.”

After hearing Paul’s isolationist positioning during the campaign in Iowa does Gingrich think the Texan would have kept the United States out of the European Theater in World War II — were Paul’s views today employed by leaders in the late 1930s and early 1940s?

“You’d have to ask him,” Gingrich said.

In an earlier interview The Daily Times Herald did.

What does Paul think about World War II? Japan attacked Pearl Harbor but should the United States have fought a war with Germany? Was that a just war?

“They (Germany) declared war against us,” Paul said. “What are you going to do, just say one-sided war? But there have been pretty good books that I think, if you’re into history, and what could have been done to prevent it, you have to go back to World War I. But you can hardly go back to World War I when Pearl Harbor gets bombed.”

Is Paul more dangerous in Gingrich’s opinion than President Obama on foreign policy?

“I don’t want to get into some comparison of the two of them,” Gingrich told The Daily Times Herald. “I think Barack Obama in his own way is very dangerous in terms of not understanding the world and not understanding how dangerous things are. But they’re a very different kind of dangerous.”