California Republican and member of the House Armed Services Committee Duncan Hunter joined C-SPANâ€™s Washington Journal Wednesday to discuss U.S.-Iranian policy, saying that the U.S. should use tactical nuclear devices rather than putting boots on the ground if it were ever to attack Iran.
HUNTER: I think people like to toss around the fact that we have to stop them in some way from giving them this nuclear capability. I think it’s inevitable. If you hit Iran, you do it with tactical nuclear devices and set them back a decade or two or three. That’s what you do with a massive aerial bombardment campaign.
When asked if war with Iran was inevitable, Hunter responded, â€śI sure as hell hope not.â€ť Hunter also noted that any aerial bombardment would be a â€śhuge undertakingâ€ť and cost â€śbillions and billions of dollarsâ€ť, but would be vastly preferable to a ground war in Iran.
Hunter also expressed his support for the new round of economic sanctions against Iran, a measure that has garnered bipartisan support in both the Senate and House to the frustration of the Obama White House. Hunter criticized the administrationâ€™s rejection of new sanctions, saying the White House and State Department â€śare so in love the idea of just saying the did something here, whether it works or not, that theyâ€™re blind to reality.â€ť