Mike Huckabee’s the Bomb Thrower?

“This President’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history.  It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven. This is the most idiotic thing, this Iran deal.”

These are the incendiary words of Mike Huckabee in an interview with the Breitbart News Network.  Woe upon us.

It’s hardly surprising that Barack Obama found the governor’s words offensive; for six years the president has taken offense at every utterance that isn’t laudatory, obeisant, or downright reverential.

It’s also no surprise that John Kerry found the governor’s comments offensive. The Iran deal is Mr. Kerry’s only shot at a Nobel Peace Prize, and the unwelcome reality check of fear-mongers like Prime Minister Netanyahu and Governor Huckabee might, if they find traction (which they won’t), jeopardize his chance to join the ranks of the great historic peacemakers like Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, and Yasir Arafat.

Neither is it surprising that Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz condemned the remarks as “grossly irresponsible” and demanded an apology to the Jewish community.  Her indignation offers her a respite from defending the Iran deal from accusations of being “grossly irresponsible” and responding to demands that President Obama apologize to the Jewish community.

Finally, it’s not the least bit surprising that MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski waxed apoplectic over Mr. Huckabee’s words, or that any of the other Obama acolytes in the mainstream media did the same.  Their love-affair with the President has burned with passion and devotion ever since Chris Matthews first felt the famous thrill running up his leg.

But why did Jeb Bush and Scott Walker have to oh-so-gently distance themselves from the governor’s statement?  Why did Israel’s Ambassador Ron Dermer and Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera have to scold the governor for being “inappropriate”?  By what tortured reasoning does ADL director Jonathan A. Greenblatt conclude that Mr. Huckabee’s comments were “completely out of line and unacceptable”?

Iran’s leaders have declared themselves dedicated to the destruction of Israel before the so-called peace negotiations began, while they were ongoing, and since they have been concluded.  True, the Iranians don’t want to ship Israelis off in cattle cars to concentration camps, and they don’t want to gas Jews or cast us into mass graves or crematoria.  No, they merely want to wipe us out of existence.

What Iran wants is to accomplish in six seconds what Hitler nearly accomplished in six years.  So where is there cause for outrage against Mike Huckabee for restating what the Iranians themselves have already said?

If there is anything wrong with the Holocaust analogy, it is this: Iran not only wants to destroy six million Israeli Jews.  It also wants to destroy America.

So in contrast to Neville Chamberlain, who sacrificed Czechoslovakia and opened the door for Hitler’s invasion of Europe,  President Obama and John Kerry are setting the Iranian zealots loose not only on Israel but on their own people as well.

Where’s the outrage about that?

About the Author
Rabbi Yonason Goldson's new book is Proverbial Beauty: Secrets for Success and Happiness from the Wisdom of the Ages, a collection of practical insights from the Book of Proverbs and the Mona Lisa, available on Amazon. He lives in St. Louis where he teaches, writes, and lectures.
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