Santorum’s Iran Obsession

Andrew Sullivan —  Feb 14 2012 @ 2:15pm

Uri Friedman examines the former senator's putative expertise: 

In a November radio ad, for example, the Republican presidential contender asserted that he was the only GOP candidate discussing the Iranian threat. "Even Newt Gingrich said 'no one has done more than Santorum to alert America to the dangers posed by Iran,'" the narrator crowed. Santorum's campaign website boasts that he "has recognized the looming threat of Iran's nuclear ambitions for nearly a decade — standing tall against both Republicans and Democrats who have discounted and dismissed the reality that this radical theocracy is intent on destroying Israel and Western civilization." Forget "nearly a decade" — in Iowa, he told voters, "I spent ten years focused like a laser beam when I was in the Senate on the country of Iran."… Santorum has adopted even more of a doomsday approach on the campaign trail, telling voters in FloridaMissouri, and South Carolina that they would not be safe in their states if Iran obtained a nuclear weapon. 

He is to Iran what Cheney was to Iraq. Except it's funny, innit? Have they ever ever ever mentioned Cheney in a single debate or ad this season? Or is the comparison too obvious? And the global consequences even more catastrophic?