Yes, Pat Buchanan! From a lengthy and righteous diatribe against universally hated WaPo troll Jennifer Rubin:

On Monday, Rubin declared that America’s “greatest national security threat is Iran.” Do conservatives really believe this?

How is America, with thousands of strategic and tactical nuclear weapons, scores of warships in the Med, Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, bombers and nuclear subs and land-based missiles able to strike and incinerate Iran within half an hour, threatened by Iran?

Iran has no missile that can reach us, no air force or navy that would survive the first days of war, no nuclear weapons, no bomb-grade uranium from which to build one. All of her nuclear facilities are under constant United Nations surveillance and inspection.

And if this Iran is the “greatest national security threat” faced by the world’s last superpower, why do Iran’s nearest neighbors — Turkey, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Pakistan — seem so unafraid of her?

Citing The Associated Press and Times of Israel, Rubin warns us that “Iran has picked 16 new locations for nuclear plants.”

How many nuclear plants does Iran have now? One, Bushehr.

Begun by the Germans under the shah, Bushehr was taken over by the Russians in 1995, but not completed for 16 years, until 2011. In their dreams, the Iranians, their economy sinking under U.S. and U.N. sanctions, are going to throw up 16 nuclear plants.

Sadly, the answer to his first rhetorical question is completely obvious. But the article just goes on like this, brutally destroying her (but not only her) entire argument from the ground up, scorching it with logic and context. Read the whole thing. It’s great.

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  1. Metavirus says:

    his crusty old isolationism is one of the reasons i used to kinda like cranku ol uncle pat. but then there’s all the other shit…

  2. Metavirus says:

    also this: “Our uncles and fathers turned the Empire of the Sun and Third Reich into cinders in four years, and this generation is all wee-weed up over Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.”

    that’s DEE-LICIOUS snark right there.

    update: and OMG, also also this: “Today’s Iraq is a direct consequence of our war, our invasion, our occupation. That’s our crowd in Baghdad, cozying up to Iran.”

    could you IMAGINE if some hitlerian lefty communist ever implied that The Jesus-Annointed Supreme Benevolent Empire of Freedom, Guns and Tough Love in these United States of America (Fuck Yeah!) is ever REAPING WHAT WE SOW, they would be strung up and flogged in the public square.

    • Matmos says:

      You could substitute Iran for Iraq, too — if I remember correctly, we trained the Shah’s secret police in all manner of ways to hurt people, which they then used. Including, I think, on Khomenei’s brother? Oddly, this did not win us any love with the populace. Not sure why.

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