Mike Huckabee Endorsed Sending Advanced Weapons To Iran
Yesterday, Mike Huckabee made headlines by saying that the diplomatic agreement that the Obama Administration negotiated with Iran and the leaders of six other nations is the equivalent of the Holocaust that killed millions of Jews during World War II. Huckabee said of President Obama that “he would take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven.”
In what way would a deal that prevents Iran from developing weapons of mass destruction lead Israelis into an oven? Huckabee couldn’t explain that.
If we want to understand Mike Huckabee’s policy ideas about Iran in more detail, however, we can go back to the 2008 campaign, when Huckabee endorse Ronald Reagan’s Iran policy, saying: “I think it would be incredibly presumptuous and even arrogant of me to try to suggest what Ronald Reagan would do, that he would endorse any of us against the others. Let me just say this: I’m not going to pretend he would endorse me. I wish he would. I’d love that, but I endorse him, and let me tell you why. It wasn’t just his specific policies… What made Ronald Reagan a great President was not just the intricacies of his policies, although they were good policies.”
Making explicit a point hinted at yesterday by another Irregular Times writer, we must point out that Ronald Reagan’s policy toward Iran was dominated by his decision to secretly send weapons to the government of Iran – and to do so in order to fund another military operation in direct violation of a law passed by Congress.
Mike Huckabee has said that he endorse Ronald Reagan because of Reagan’s “good policies”. Prime among those policies was the Iran Contra deal. Until he publicly disavows Ronald Reagan’s policies on Iran, it’s fair to say that Mike Huckabee endorses Reagan’s policy of giving the government of Iran big shipments of weapons to Iran.
Given Mike Huckabee’s comfort with actually giving weapons to Iran that the country’s leaders could use against Israel, what rational justification does Huckabee have for saying that denying weapons to Iran is dangerous for Israel? Is Mike Huckabee’s policy that the way to keep Israelis safe from Iran is to help Iran get more and more weapons?