Huntsman doesn’t get to “strike” with Iran


 In an interview with Haaretz, Jon Huntsman mimics the approach of Mitt Romney and President Obama to Iran: He would not accept a nuclear Iran, and everything is on the table.

“I will be the president who will not be willing to accept a nuclear Iran,” said Huntsman. “I think it’s too dangerous for the region, I think it’s too dangerous given what they’ve said about Israel, and I would do whatever I needed to do as president to ensure they won’t become a nuclear power.”

In the accompanying video, Haaretz’s Natasha Mozgovaya presses him on the military option: "Everything included."

That’s short of the explicit strikes pledged by Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, should Iran acquire a nuclear weapon.

Let me nuance Romney’s position for a minute: In 2008 he talked about "blockade, bombardment and surgical military strikes."

This time around, as I noted over the weekend, his posture (PDF) is close to Obama’s: ratcheting up sanctions, an increased U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf, and closer defense cooperation with Israel. But there’s no explicit threat of a military strike.

Here’s Huntsman: Note the interview-while-walking. Kudos to Natasha for scoring it. This is typical of campaign coverage; Hardly anyone has time for sitdowns.

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