Mike Huckabee isn’t backing down in the wake of criticism from both President Obama and Hillary Clinton over his comments that the Iran nuclear deal would “march Israel to the door of the oven.”
While visiting Ethiopia, Obama said that Huckabee was only try to “get attention” and that his comments were “ridiculous if they weren’t so sad.”
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton declared she was “really offended personally” by Huckabee’s comments. Hillary went on to say, “But this steps over the line and it should be repudiated by every person of good faith and concern about the necessity to keep our political dialogue on the facts and within suitable boundaries.”
Of course, Hillary would like to dictate the boundaries of political dialogue that are suitable to her up to and including roping off reporters. But if Hillary is so concerned about suitable boundaries of political dialogue, why didn’t she criticize Illinois Senator Dick Durbin a decade ago when he likened the conduct of U.S. soldiers at Guantanamo Bay to the conduct of the Nazis, Soviets, and the Khmer Rouge? The same could be asked of Durbin’s former senatorial colleague from Illinois.
For his part, Huckabee is standing his ground. Responding to Obama, Huckabee stated, “What’s ‘ridiculous and sad’ is that President Obama does not take Iran’s repeated threats seriously. For decades, Iranian leaders have pledged to ‘destroy,’ ‘annihilate,’ and ‘wipe Israel off the map’ with a ‘big Holocaust.’ ‘Never again’ will be the policy of my administration and I will stand with our ally Israel to prevent the terrorists in Tehran from achieving their own stated goal of another Holocaust.”
I hope this row puts the Iran nuclear deal under further scrutiny and brings pressure to bear on Congress to reject it. However, I suspect the mainstream media will continue to try to make Huckabee the story rather than the Iran nuclear deal. Sometimes conservatives step into it and deserve to be taken to task. As I argued yesterday, this isn’t one of those occasions.