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Obama: Iran is Just a Tiny Country
Town Hall ^ | 5/19/08 | Amanda Carpenter

Posted on 05/19/2008 12:10:54 PM PDT by kathsua

Likely Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama told supporters Iran is just a “tiny” country at a campaign stop in Oregon Sunday evening.

"Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us,” Obama said.

Obama’s rivals, including his fellow Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton, have criticized Obama for his willing to meet with Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism.

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain issued a strong retort to Obama's assessment at a stop in Chicago on Monday. "The biggest national security challenge the United States currently faces is keeping nuclear material out of the hands of terrorists," McCain said. "Should Iran acquire nuclear weapons, that danger would become very dire, indeed. They might not be a superpower, but the threat the Government of Iran poses is anything but "'tiny.'"

Combative exchanges between Obama and McCain over negotiations with Iran dominated the media’s coverage of the 2008 election last week. From the podium of the National Rifle Association’s national conference McCain said, “I have some news for Senator Obama: Talking, not even with soaring rhetoric, in unconditional meetings with the man who calls Israel a 'stinking corpse' and arms terrorists who kill Americans will not convince Iran to give up its nuclear program.

“It is reckless to suggest that unconditional meetings will advance our interests," McCain said.

Obama seemed to brush off these concerns about Iran’s threats while campaigning in Oregon. “Iran, they spend 1/100th of what we spend on the military. If Iran ever tried to pose a serious threat to us, they wouldn't stand a chance,” Obama said.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; iran; lendmeyourears; mccain; obama; obamagaffe; obamalamadingdong; obambi; tinycountry
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Obama apparently has no comprehension of what nuclear weapons can do. Perhaps that is a disadvantage of a candidate too young to have practiced "duck and cover" to avoid being killed by a nuclear blast. He is oblivious to the possibility of Iran using nuclear weapons against Israel which might respond by destroying the rest of the Middle East with its nukes.
1 posted on 05/19/2008 12:10:54 PM PDT by kathsua
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To: kathsua
...Israel which might respond by destroying the rest of the Middle East with its nukes.

That's a bad thing?

2 posted on 05/19/2008 12:12:49 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: kathsua

“Likely Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama told supporters Iran is just a “tiny” country at a campaign stop in Oregon Sunday evening. “

One or 2 cities gone here or in Israel, is not a big deal to Obama.


3 posted on 05/19/2008 12:13:27 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland ("We have to drain the swamp" George Bush, September 2001)
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To: kathsua

Obama has a tiny brain.


4 posted on 05/19/2008 12:15:00 PM PDT by rhombus
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To: kathsua

Germany and Japan were tiny countries during WWII.


5 posted on 05/19/2008 12:15:20 PM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: rhombus

Iran may be “tiny” to Obama but I’d hate to have to paint it...


6 posted on 05/19/2008 12:16:13 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: kathsua
"Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us,” Obama said.

You have GOT to be kidding me!?!?! Does he have a clue about what he is saying? I was looking for the Scrappleface tag, but I didn't find it.
7 posted on 05/19/2008 12:17:30 PM PDT by Edgar3 (Steve Spurrier for President!)
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To: kathsua

Populations: 65,875,223 (July 2008 est.)

Area: 1.648 million sq km

Yeah, tiny.


8 posted on 05/19/2008 12:17:31 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Bon mots

No one can guarantee that once nuclear war is started somewhere that it wouldn’t cause a chain reaction worldwide.


9 posted on 05/19/2008 12:17:44 PM PDT by SolidWood (Refusal to vote for McCain is active support for Obama.)
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To: kathsua

Obama is as dumb as a sack of door knobs; all his snappy combacks are composed by a gang of commie, America hating, cigarette and coffee breathed speech writers he drags along on his crusades. I get sick of the MSM hyping this stooges intelligence.


10 posted on 05/19/2008 12:17:50 PM PDT by Uncle George
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To: kathsua
Israel is an even smaller country than Iran:


11 posted on 05/19/2008 12:17:59 PM PDT by weegee (We cant keep our homes on 72 at all times & just expect that other countries are going to say OK -BO)
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To: kathsua

Iran has 636,374 square miles, the U.S. 3,537,441 square miles. Iran is more than 1/6 of the size of the U.S.

Hardly small.


12 posted on 05/19/2008 12:18:15 PM PDT by LowTaxesEqualProsperity
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To: kathsua
Iran is just a tiny country

So was Germany.
Those that forget history are doomed to repeat it.

13 posted on 05/19/2008 12:18:20 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: kathsua

I can’t believe he admitted that the Soviet Union was a threat! I would think that he would have been all in favor of a Soviet victory.


14 posted on 05/19/2008 12:19:05 PM PDT by ovrtaxt (This election is like running in the Special Olympics. Even if McCain wins, were still retarded.)
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To: LowTaxesEqualProsperity

And hardly tiny.


15 posted on 05/19/2008 12:19:13 PM PDT by LowTaxesEqualProsperity
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To: caver

Bosnia lit the fuse that set off WWI.

Teeny tiny.

Immolating 2MM people in Tel Aviv would be a statistically anomoly. That’s not really pain, is it?

Now, aborting 69MM people since 1979 - Now THAT’s statistically relevant.


16 posted on 05/19/2008 12:19:28 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: Neidermeyer
Iran may be “tiny” to Obama but I’d hate to have to paint it...

Those mountains always take more paint than you think. On the other hand, Iran could always be "painted" with a few target acquisition radars.

17 posted on 05/19/2008 12:19:37 PM PDT by rhombus
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To: Edgar3

We have no Mutually Assured Destruction deterent with the Islamofascist’s. They want to die.


18 posted on 05/19/2008 12:21:38 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Neidermeyer

“Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union”

The commies weren’t Islamic suicidal maniacs like Ahmajinidad.

And then he said that Kennedy got Khrushchev to get the missiles out of Cuba by negotiation. Yea and the Strategic Air Command at Def Con 2.

Silly Obambi.


19 posted on 05/19/2008 12:21:43 PM PDT by y6162
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To: kathsua

Exactly. This moron can “talk” all he wants but he has no idea (like most leftists and girlie men) about military matters. He has no idea what one nuke for the Hesbos, and one nuke for Hamas, could potentially do to a small country like Israel.
He forgets that Israel has nuclear submarines ready to respond. Destroying a large part of the worlds oil supply in the process.


20 posted on 05/19/2008 12:22:23 PM PDT by The Toll
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To: kathsua

Iran is three times the size of France and five times the size of Germany. Yeah, it’s a tiny country and the US has 57 states.


21 posted on 05/19/2008 12:23:33 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.)
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To: kathsua
Well, let's look at history, recent history, Vietnam was a tiny country, North Korea was a tiny country and Germany was very small compared to the rest of the world it tried to enslave(and came close to doing so). Had they used their heads a little better, or killed off Hitler and took over the military, they would have succeeded in beating Russia and if they had it would have been a different world today. The size of a country matters not, it is their ability to wage war that counts and if Iran, or Venezuela, come up with nukes it won't matter how big they are.

The main threat at this time is to Israel but I guess he doesn't give a rat's a** for the Israelis. What a dumb a** and what a bunch of dumb a**es the libs are for listening to this idiot.

22 posted on 05/19/2008 12:23:44 PM PDT by calex59
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To: kathsua
Iran is more than twice the size of Texas, has a larger population than the UK or Germany or France or Italy, and has a GDP per capita higher than the Soviet Union's ever was.

Iran has more people and more wealth than Germany had in 1939.

23 posted on 05/19/2008 12:24:53 PM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: kathsua

They may be tiny, but their leadership is far more insane. Therefore, I’d say they are as big a threat as the USSR ever was - probably more so.


24 posted on 05/19/2008 12:25:34 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall cause you to vote against the Democrats.)
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To: kathsua
Israel which might respond by destroying the rest of the Middle East with its nukes.

I don't see Israel doing that unless they plan on living underground for a few thousand years.

25 posted on 05/19/2008 12:26:52 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall cause you to vote against the Democrats.)
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To: caver
Germany and Japan were tiny countries during WWII.

Pretty much all the wars we ever fought in this nation have been against "tiny" countries: England, Spain, Mexico, North Korea, North Vietnam, Iraq...

Does BHO think this makes the Revolutionary War and all the other wars in which our valiant troops gave the last full measure of devotion any less important?

26 posted on 05/19/2008 12:27:25 PM PDT by LikeLight (http://www.believersguidetolegalissues.com)
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To: Retired Greyhound

Three times the size of France

Four times the size of Spain

Eight times the size of the UK

....Yeah. Tiny.


27 posted on 05/19/2008 12:27:34 PM PDT by gridlock (RNC.com wants you to know... It's OK to vote against Barack Obama...)
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To: y6162
And then he said that Kennedy got Khrushchev to get the missiles out of Cuba by negotiation. Yea and the Strategic Air Command at Def Con 2. Silly Obambi.

Well it depends on your definition of negotiation, if telling the Soviets to remove the missiles or get blown to he** is negotiating then I guess JFK negotiated. I call it an ultimatum. The idiots that follow Obama though will believe the lies he tells them. I hope McCain or Bush call him on this one.

28 posted on 05/19/2008 12:27:49 PM PDT by calex59
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To: kathsua

Germany is a tiny country too, and so is Japan. This guy is an idiot.


29 posted on 05/19/2008 12:28:38 PM PDT by SaveTheChief (Chief Illiniwek (1926-2007))
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To: kathsua

This guy is absolutely nuts. I guess he never heard of JAPAN with that pesky little attack on December 7, 1941.


30 posted on 05/19/2008 12:29:02 PM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: wideawake

14 Germany 82,210,000 December 31, 2007
15 Ethiopia 77,127,000 July 2007
16 Egypt 75,498,000
17 Iran 71,208,000
18 Turkey 70,586,256 December 31, 2007
19 France 64,473,140 January 1, 2008
20 Thailand 63,038,247 December 31, 2007
21 Dem. Rep. of Congo 62,636,000
22 United Kingdom 60,587,300

Any statisticians out there capable of norming this data for working age population? I.E. I bet an adult beverage tha tthe percentage of miltary age males is much higher in Iran than in the Europistan countries.


31 posted on 05/19/2008 12:29:07 PM PDT by redlegplanner
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To: kathsua

Apparently, this is reaching into the realm where “you can’t make this stuff up”.

I know the campaign trail has been a non-stop marathon since probably last December, but Ozombi is getting close to losing it altogether to radical beliefs. All the “libertion theology”, the collected Kool-Aid drinkers, the twisted logic in tying these diverse elements together, and the rock-star atmosphere, all conspire to either carry a wave that will swamp the national government, or turn away and leave a huge mud flat, with millions of dazed people in its wake.


32 posted on 05/19/2008 12:29:18 PM PDT by alloysteel (Is John McCain headed into the Perfect Storm? You bet he is.)
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To: kathsua

people have forgot

he said a few months ago that even if we got attacked by nuclear weapons he would not use ours on them , he said this att he time when he said he would pull out of Iraq and go into Pakistan

Now why isn’t the media playing those clips

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


33 posted on 05/19/2008 12:30:29 PM PDT by manc (a normal natural marriage is between a man and a woman, MA has a perverted sham marriages)
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To: kathsua

Germany is a tiny country too. About the size of Oregon.
Remember what they did back in the 30s and 40s?

A country’s danger is not measured by it’s geographical size. I can’t believe how stupid this man is, or is it that he thinks most Americans are stupid? Maybe most Americans are that stupid. Al Gore won the popular vote.

We are in for a world of hurt if the man wins the presidency.


34 posted on 05/19/2008 12:30:31 PM PDT by Roklok
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To: kathsua

“Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don’t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us,” Obama said.

Uh, Barry, you forget that the leadership of the Soviet Union, unlike the leadership of Iran, had no death wish!

Your sophomoric grasp of foreign policy and geo-political crisis points is truly dangerous for the United States of America.


35 posted on 05/19/2008 12:30:31 PM PDT by Be_Politically_Erect (Conservative from birth...Republican no more.)
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To: kathsua

people have forgot

he said a few months ago that even if we got attacked by nuclear weapons he would not use ours on them , he said this at the time when he said he would pull out of Iraq and go into Pakistan

Now why isn’t the media playing those clips

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


36 posted on 05/19/2008 12:30:37 PM PDT by manc (a normal natural marriage is between a man and a woman, MA has a perverted sham marriages)
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To: SolidWood
No one can guarantee that once nuclear war is started somewhere that it wouldn’t cause a chain reaction worldwide.

WWI and Duke Ferdinand are a great example...

37 posted on 05/19/2008 12:30:44 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: kathsua

He’s actually saying this stuff? Wow.


38 posted on 05/19/2008 12:32:39 PM PDT by Williams
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To: caver

obama thinks they are tiny to us because he thinks there are more than 57 states in our union

the man is a complete moran who has no knowledge about the world and is backed up with the most clueless voters this coiuntry has ever produced

If a case was to be made about raising the voting age then this is it

Until you pay taxes and get in the real world then you cannot have a say in how this country should be directed


39 posted on 05/19/2008 12:33:23 PM PDT by manc (a normal natural marriage is between a man and a woman, MA has a perverted sham marriages)
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To: Williams

40 posted on 05/19/2008 12:37:21 PM PDT by roses of sharon ( (Who will be McCain's maverick?))
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To: Williams
He’s actually saying this stuff? Wow.

He has presented his opposition with yet another big mallet.
41 posted on 05/19/2008 12:37:31 PM PDT by ZX12R
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To: SaveTheChief

“Germany is a tiny country too, and so is Japan. This guy is an idiot.”

Just what I was thinking.

Germany 13,7826 sq. miles
Iran 63,6296 sq mi

Iran’s population 71 million
German population 82 million (of which 15 million are foreigners and a general aged population).


42 posted on 05/19/2008 12:38:03 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Mossad!)
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To: Williams

he’;s been saying this stuff for months now but the likes of MSNBC, NBC,CBS and CNN will no mention it to their viewers

did you know a woman heavily into politics and a obama voter supporter(yes I know they are thick) had never heard of Obama being friendly with a terrorist , a man who planted bombs and said recently he wished he did more

she had never heard of this and thought the people on Fox were making it up

I was surprised so I asked this woman I saw with an Obama sticker on here car about it

she looked at me and said I was making it up and Obama is not like that and she went on about how we wants change bla bla

she was clueless , as is every obama voter I have had the misfortune to have met or seen

Though it is funny when you ask these people with Obama stickers on their cars about him

they really are thick


43 posted on 05/19/2008 12:40:09 PM PDT by manc (a normal natural marriage is between a man and a woman, MA has a perverted sham marriages)
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To: redlegplanner
Males fit for military service according to the CIA World factbook:

Germany: 15.9MM
Ethiopia: 17.6MM
Egypt: 18.1MM
Iran: 16.9MM
Turkey: 16.4
France: 12.1MM
Thailand: 12.9MM
DRC: 8.5MM
UK: 11.6MM

44 posted on 05/19/2008 12:40:38 PM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: MeanWestTexan

Then again, the people buying Obama’s load of bull are typically too dull to think of such things.


45 posted on 05/19/2008 12:43:19 PM PDT by SaveTheChief (Chief Illiniwek (1926-2007))
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To: kathsua
Good Lord man. This truly proves that you have no idea what the hell is going on.

First of all, the cold war was not as fluid as our current geopolitical structure is today. The Soviet Union was at least a well defined entity and MAD was an effective deterrent.

Iran is run by nut jobs who “winning” strategy does not necessarily require their own survival. MAD wont work on these loons.

The size of the country is insignificant in nuclear warfare and it is almost impossible to defend against someone who is willing to trade a life for a life.

You need to go crawl back into the hole you came from sir. You don't have a clue what the real world is like and you are just going to get us all killed.

46 posted on 05/19/2008 12:44:59 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.)
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To: y6162

And then he said that Kennedy got Khrushchev to get the missiles out of Cuba by negotiation. Yea and the Strategic Air Command at Def Con 2.
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The real story is that idiot Kennedy for all intents and purposes invited the Soviets to build the missile base in Cuba by failing to back the “Bay of Pigs” invasion force ... they didn’t just think we were weak THEY KNEW IT! ... years later we found out that the price Kennedy paid to get the Soviets to back down was the closing of our forward nuke bases in Turkey... and to think some libs actually consider that maroon who fell asleep on watch and had his patrol boat run over by a Jap cruiser ,,, too bad the watch on that jap cruiser didn’t notice that crunching sound as they ran over him...


47 posted on 05/19/2008 12:47:24 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: caver

Iran’s population of 65 million, rapidly growing toward 80 million, is just where Germany was in the mid-30s.

They have enormous oil and gas resources allowing them to buy, borrow, or steal lots of western technologies including WMDs. Sure, they do not have all the technical expertise (yet) of a Nazi Germany or the USSR. But they are acquiring lots from the west and developing what they can on their own, acquiring from Russia and China, etc.

Granted, they are a lot smaller than the USSR was, but they are not ‘tiny’ and Obama has proved yet again that he is an ignorant moron. Who does he think we’re dealing with, Bahrain?????

The Mullahs have proved they are quite willing to sponsor extensive international terrorism, subversion of governments, a growing genocidal assault on Israel, etc.

No, Obama, they are not a ‘tiny’ country or a miniscule threat. Yes, they are not in many ways the same caliber of threat as the USSR or the Axis Powers of WWII..... YET.

But whatever they lack in armaments and resources, they display an absolutely lethal willingness to slaughter infidels wherever they can.

Obama is unfit for the presidency or even for his current seat in the US Senate!


48 posted on 05/19/2008 12:49:01 PM PDT by Enchante (Barack Chamberlain: My 1930s Appeasement Policy Goes Well With My 1960s Socialist Policies!)
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To: caver

Good point.


49 posted on 05/19/2008 12:49:37 PM PDT by nikos1121 (Thank you, Jimmy Carter for all you've done to make the world a safer place.)
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To: The Toll

I’m surprised Hillary hasn’t waded in on this one. This is another example of how dangerous this guy is. If you get him talking, he usually says something pretty stupid. He said a bunch on the economy showing his total lack of knowledge on Capitalism.


50 posted on 05/19/2008 12:53:47 PM PDT by nikos1121 (Thank you, Jimmy Carter for all you've done to make the world a safer place.)
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