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Congressman says bomb Mecca if US attacked

WASHINGTON: A Republican congressman said in a radio interview aired by a Florida station that if a multiple-city attack happened in the United States in the next 90 days, as predicted by an Israeli expert, and was found to be the work of extremist Muslims, then "we should take out their holy sites." Congressman Thomas G Tancredo, Republican from Colorado, was being interviewed by AM 540 WFLA radio host Pat Campbell, who asked him what the response of the United States should be were terrorist attacks on US cities to take place and were attributable to extremist Muslims. The Congressman replied, " ... then we could take out their holy sites." Asked if that meant Mecca, Tancredo answered, "Yes." khalid hasan

Here's the link to the audio.

FRIDAY 7/15  
Hours 1, 2, & 3: Today we re-aired some of the audio from Thursday's interview with Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo that has been making some waves in the national media. We talked with listeners about Congressman Tancredo's comments on a possible US retaliation if we were hit by a nuclear terror strike & whether the comments were proper for a sitting congressman. If you missed the comments check them out:
Congressman Tancredo


If you can take any more of this, here's what the FReepers think about it.

Originally posted to Savage on Sun Jul 17, 2005 at 10:19 PM PDT.

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  •  I'm telling ya... (4.00)
    You just can't make this shit up.

    "Salvation for a race, nation or class must come from within. Freedom is never granted; it is won. Justice is never given; it is exacted." A. Phillip Randolph

    by Savage on Sun Jul 17, 2005 at 05:14:51 PM PDT

  •  time to hang this bastard around their necks (none)
    the wingnuts might like it, but this shit is beyond the pale for non-nutjob republicans and independents. dems should make the right publicly denounce his statements like trent lott did his.

    crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

    by wu ming on Sun Jul 17, 2005 at 05:17:50 PM PDT

    •  but what about liberals? (none)
      I hear Liberals say really radical things at the Daily Kos.

      Rrrrrringgg... Time to change the government.

      by Carl Nyberg on Sun Jul 17, 2005 at 05:19:54 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The Dems should... (none)
      ...make the right publicly denounce his statements. They should also be nudging the media to do their job and ask each and every one of the republicans if they're with or against Tancredo... starting at the top.

      "Therefore, I shall resign the Presidency effective at noon tomorrow. Vice President Cheney will resign as well." Bush - Speech Tomorrow

      by isbister on Sun Jul 17, 2005 at 07:24:31 PM PDT

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  •  When Tim McVey blew up Oklahoma City (4.00)
    We should have gone after Bethlehem.
  •  No (4.00)
    Just.. No.  That is so unacceptable.  Wrong.  Just wrong.  This is a member of the US Congress we're talking about.  He needs to take back those comments.

    Fight this generation, fight this generation...

    by daria g on Sun Jul 17, 2005 at 05:30:29 PM PDT

  •  My transcript (sans uhs & ums) (4.00)
    Host: "Worst case scenario if they do have these nukes inside the borders and they were to use something like that, what would our response be?"

    Tancredo: "What would be the response? Um, you know there are things you could threaten to do before something like that happens and then you may have to do afterwards that are quite draconian."

    Host: "Such as? Such as?"

    Tancredo: "Well, what if you said something like, if this happens in the United States and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist, Muslims, um, you know, you could, you could take out their holy sites."

    Host: "You're talking about bombing Mecca?"

    Tancredo: "Yeah. I mean what if you said, what if you said that this is the, we recognize that this is the ultimate threat to the United States therefore this is the ultimate threat, this is the ultimate response. I mean, I don't know, I'm just playing, throwing out there some ideas because it seems to me you, at this point in time, or at that point in time you'd be talking about taking the most draconian measures you could possibly imagine and other than that all you could do is tighten up internally."

    -Pat Campbell Show, WFLA 540, Thursday, July 14, 2005.

  •  why are you shocked? (none)
    We've been hearing this kind of stuff for years now from the right wing.

    Does it shock you that a Congressman actually said it?  

    Maybe I'm just calloused, but it seems pretty standard for them.

    •  Re-read my first sentence... (none)
      Nothing shocks me anymore."  I am, however, continually appalled.

      "Salvation for a race, nation or class must come from within. Freedom is never granted; it is won. Justice is never given; it is exacted." A. Phillip Randolph

      by Savage on Sun Jul 17, 2005 at 05:54:19 PM PDT

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  •  Clueless (none)
    This nincompoop isn't going to win any presidential election - after that comment, he isn't likely to win a race for dogcatcher.

    But it is a good thing when a goopercompoop shoots himself in the foot so publicly, just as the nation loses trust in the R party.

    He'd make a really good piece of flypaper though - let's send him to Iraq.

  •  by his logic, then .... (none)
    after what we did to Iraq, they would be justified in taking out the vatican?  

    I'm sure he'd approve of that, no?

  •  If I were a congregant at... (none)
    Cherry Hills Community Church, I think I would consider a move to another church.

    It is Tancredo's place of worship.

    Would you feel safe after this wackjob made this kind of proclamation?

    This church is affiliated with the hardline Calvinist Evangelical Presbyterian Church, USA, headquartered in Livonia, MI.

    ...put your flags in the air and march them up and down you can live it up, live it up all over the town... - The Escape Club: Wild Wild West

    by rgilly on Sun Jul 17, 2005 at 05:54:10 PM PDT

  •  How many Republicans (none)
    would read Tancredo's comments and think "Yeah--right on!"?

    More than I want to know, I'd bet.  

    •  Have you checked the creepublic? (none)
      A few are all for it:

      To: ClearBlueSky
      God bless Tancredo and Dr. Coburn!

      To: ttsmi
      Thank God someone has had the GUTS to say it! Now let it be reported far and wide.
      This is the real thing- we give it all we have or we lose to this new Muslim attack on the world.
      God Bless Tancredo!

      On the other hand, the Voice of Reason is in the majority:
      To: ttsmi
      When this quote is verified, I will put Trancredo in the nutter category. Just lashing out is sort of an adolescent testosterone thingie. One would wish we would elect ADULTS who can contain that, and just think, damn it, in a rationale way. If I want adolescents to dictate policy, I will take a time machine back to the middle ages, when those much older than that, had already assumed room temperate. Thus the irrational, emotional, tapestry of the age, and why it so well, just so foreign to us.

      To: ttsmi
      Tancredo is a demagogic fool, and is only carrying water for Al Qaeda by his irresponsible statement.

      To: Torie
      When this quote is verified, I will put Trancredo in the nutter category.
      Agreed. His words are an insult to American servicemen and women who are living, fighting, and dying with and for Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      It is refreshing to note that not all who parrot party line have soem sense of reality.  But hte fact that there are those who support such a thing is worrying.

      "My case is alter'd, I must work for my living." Moll Cut-Purse, The Roaring Girl - 1612, England's First Actress

      by theRoaringGirl on Sun Jul 17, 2005 at 07:27:22 PM PDT

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      •  I'm glad to see (none)
        that some of them think these comments were disgusting.  Still, I went over there myself, and it was disturbing how many of them had positive things to say about Tancredo.  And then there were cretins who said things like this:

        Why wait, nuke 'em now!

        and this, a similar sentiment:

        I say lets do a pre-empt and do it now!

        and then this:

        No...not now. Wait until the annual Haj pilgrimage when there are millions of worshippers there.

        My sense is that Free Republic is a mix of right-wingers who want to blow up everyone and don't care who knows it, right-wingers who want to blow up everyone but are worried about how their comments will be perceived, and some who take the "we're saving the world" rhetoric of the Bush administration seriously and are genuinely upset when someone proposes blowing up everything.

  •  I see (none)
    another campaign commercial in the this asshat up for re-election?? fingers crossed
  •  absolutely ridiculous. (none)
    This is like saying that we should bomb the Vatican because Fred Phelps is an asshole. This guy has no idea what EXTREMISM means, which is doubly remarkable because it's staring him in the face whenever he looks in a mirror. I hope this comment does come back to bite him come election day..
  •  He's considering running for President in 08 (none)
    His big issue is immigration.  He gets lots of praise from the GOP base for his super anti-immigrant stance.

    Please visit my blog Penndit.
    RWCM's CW is certainly conventional, but rarely wise.

    by Newsie8200 on Sun Jul 17, 2005 at 06:17:07 PM PDT

  •  They are hellbent (none)
    on starting Armegeddon.

    I'm not going anywhere. I'm standing up, which is how one speaks in opposition in a civilized world. - Ainsley Hayes

    by jillian on Sun Jul 17, 2005 at 06:17:22 PM PDT

  •  But Guess What.... (4.00)
    He's gota blog with comments!

    Not that I'm suggesting anyone do anything like leave a piece of their mind....  ;-)

    I'm not going anywhere. I'm standing up, which is how one speaks in opposition in a civilized world. - Ainsley Hayes

    by jillian on Sun Jul 17, 2005 at 06:19:39 PM PDT

  •  multi-city attacks within 90 days? (none)
    Who was the Israeli expert? I'd believe them before I believe anything from the admin.

    Mind you, isn't it funny that the Saudis and Israelis agree about something, thanks to us (don't let it ever be said we didn't do anything to bring those peoples together): the war in Iraq itself has radicalized Muslims

  •  Coo-coo for cocoa puffs! (none)
    Of course, this will all hasten the second coming, don't you know?
  •  I hope to god he runs for prez (none)
    Just to hear him speak his mind in the GOP primary debates.
    •  Not I . . . (none)
      If Tancredo keeps it up, he'll beat out even Jeb in the 2008 primary, and then be elected President in the inevitable Diebold squeaker..

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