These guys are nuts.
One of the most animated exchanges [of the Republican debate] came when the candidates were asked whether they backed the U.S. Navy's cautious response when Iranian boats harassed U.S. military vessels in the Persian Gulf recently.
The candidates backed the U.S. naval commanders.
But Huckabee said that anyone who challenges the Navy again should be prepared to go to the "gates of hell." Thompson jumped in, saying anyone testing the U.S. Navy might soon meet the "virgins" that Islamic terrorists expect to meet in heaven.
Rep. Ron Paul of Texas called the bellicose language frightening and reminiscent of the reaction to an alleged naval exchange in 1965 that led to the Vietnam War. "I would certainly urge a lot more caution than I'm hearing here tonight," Paul said.
Romney cracked that Paul should stop reading Iranian propaganda, drawing what sounded like some boos from the audience and a steely glare from Paul.
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