I’m flabbergasted and dumbfounded by recent comments by Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO)–as is the U.S. State Department. The presidential candidate has stirred up a firestorm by unbelievably stupid comments he made a couple weeks ago, saying that an appropriate U.S. response to terrorism would be to bomb Mecca. Undeterred by the negative reaction, he reiterated his threat this week.
“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,” the GOP presidential candidate said. “That is the only thing I can think of that might deter somebody from doing what they would otherwise do. If I am wrong fine, tell me, and I would be happy to do something else. But you had better find a deterrent or you will find an attack. There is no other way around it. There have to be negative consequences for the actions they take. That’s the most negative I can think of.”
Rich Lowry of The National Review said the same thing in 2002, and it’s been a regular theme of FrontPageMag.com contributor Joseph D’Hippolito. But they aren’t U.S. Congressmen, and they aren’t running for President.
Has anyone noticed if any of the other candidates have condemned Tancredo for this? Has he been rebuked by the House of Representatives?