August 5th, 2007
10:50 AM ET
12 years ago

Tancredo defends threat to bomb Muslim holy sites

Tancredo defended his comments on Sunday

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo continued to defend his comments that threatening to bomb Muslim holy sites would be the right way to "deter any kind of aggression" from terrorists and said that anyone who wouldn't do the same "isn't fit to be president" on Sunday morning.

"I'm telling you right now that anybody that would suggest that we should take anything like this off the table in order to deter that kind of event in the United States isn't fit to be president of the United States," the GOP presidential candidate said.

During a campaign stop in Iowa on Tuesday, Tancredo said that “an attack on this homeland of that nature would be followed by an attack on the holy sites in Mecca and Medina.” Tom Casey, a deputy spokesman for the State Department, told CNN that Tancredo's comments were "reprehensible" and "absolutely crazy." But Tancredo said that when the State Department complains about things he says, he feels more confident.

"Yes, the State Department. Boy, when they start complaining about things I say, I feel a lot better about the things I say, I'll tell you right now," Tancredo said, to laughter from the audience.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Iowa • Race to '08 • Tom Tancredo
soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Muslims are not our enemy. Extremists like Osama Bin Laden and Tom Tancredo are. It is the stupid idea to create more enemies. Mr. TT and OB are enough who think killing people is bravery.

    August 6, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. Phil, Colorado Springs Co

    To – Patrick, New York. So all Republican are biggots because of this one comment. What about when Biden said "You CANNOT go into a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts without an Indian accent." Or the comment Dean made about the black waiting staff. Neither was denounced by his party. Get a clue. Nobody is fooled by your hatefull rhetoric anymore. I think people are getting sick of politicians abandoning their principles to be policially correct and don't offend anyone. Of course this is the Democrats MO. The worse thing that could happen to this country is a Democrat in the Whitehouse in 08.

    August 6, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. Sam, Rolla, MO

    "The Owner of this House (Kaaba in Mecca) is its Defender, and I am sure He will save it from the attack of the adversaries and will not dishonor the servants of His House."

    Read the complete article on:

    Muslims do not need to defend the holy places. These are well guarded by angels of God. On two occasions in history, enemies of Kaaba tried to attack the place. In one occasion, the entire army was swallowed by the soil and what happened in the other occasion can be read in the link above.

    August 6, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. Adnan

    If this Mental president do then offcourse Pak will defend Saudi Places and give severe Punishment to usa because Its not Tom father land to do any thing

    August 6, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. Shahruk: Sweden

    IF this happen, OFFcourse Pakistan will use his Nuclear Power to punish usa and destroy it from the World Map.

    August 6, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. A. Nut, Boulder Colorado

    Tom Tancredo is brilliant. To defeat Al Quaeda, we must be more like Al Quaeda. But I think he needs to take it one step further. It is apparent that there are extremist Muslims in every country in the world. The United States has sufficient nuclear firepower to destroy every county in the world. So, if there is another attack on U.S. soil, we will retaliate with a nuclear strike against all nations, thereby killing all the terrorists at once. Victory!

    August 6, 2007 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. DGRA


    You are sadly uneducated. There is nothing in the Quran that tells Muslims to kill anyone. In fact, the Quran says that to murder one man is to murder all of humanity, and to save the life of one man is to save all of humanity. Infidels not withstanding.

    Actually, infidel is a Christian word, created by the Christians during the Crusades to describe Jews and Muslims. There is no such term as infidel in the Quran.

    Perhaps bombing Mecca and Medina would teach Muslims a lesson. The sort of lesson that 9-11 taught Americans, right?

    What amazes me is all of the "good" Americans on these posts who are so outraged and full of hatred over 9-11, yet they don't blink an eye when contemplating the deaths of others. I guess only American lives are worthy and all others count for nothing.
    Shame on you!

    August 6, 2007 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. E. Elliott, Orlando, FL

    Er, Patrick, in NY, the GOP has been a haven for bigots, racists, religous zealots and sexists for decades. If every one of this group fell over dead tonight, the GOP would never win a national election again. How did you just realize this? The good old moderate, responsible GOP of Nelson Rockefeller was abandoned by the party elite long ago. Not the the attack that Tancredo suggested is a good idea, but then mutual assured destruction during the cold war was madness too. Given Tancredo vs any of the Democrats, he might get my vote due to his position on the criminal immigrants. But he is to the right of Ghengis Kahn and Dick Chaney, I know. If those that serve the darkness of terrorism actually get the Holy War they seek, there will be only one nation still standing and only one of the two religions will survive. But the world will not be better for it.

    August 6, 2007 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. Steve Hampton Gainesville. MO

    As far as I can see. Tom Tancredo is the only person for the job. He says it like it is and doesn't try to hide with a bunch of Phoney Bull like I have seen in Clinton and Obama. I think we should pull our troops home and hold any country fully resposible for attacks on American soil or Allies. I have had it with this politically correct two face LIARS that are bound to destroy the American Way of life. I got my first sample of it in Viet Nam where we had rules to follow but the enemy diddn't have to play by that same set. Start holding all Politicall leaders accountable and that includes American. Let us fight a WAR the way it has to be FOUGHT to win.

    August 6, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  10. Ms. Gulshan - Vancouver BC, Canada

    Tom Tancredo's hateful suggestions will not be accepted by many majority of the righteous people the non-Muslims.
    What would such hooligan suggestion from an educated person teach our young generation? What a shameful example he is giving to our young people.
    Thank you.

    August 7, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  11. shary, huntington,ca

    this guy tom tancredo is a maniac.

    August 7, 2007 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  12. Jon, Denver, CO

    I certainly don't agree that the threat of obliteraing a holy site will gain us any advantage with the extreme muslim/jihadists. But my question is this..why don't we hear "moderate" muslims condemning the bombing of women and children or of holy sites by other muslims? We always hear how not all muslims are bad, but very rarely hear of condemnation of such acts. So where are you oh moderate muslims? Your silence is confusing. Where is the outcry about the murder of the newspaper editor in Oakland? These monsters of "faith" are living amongst us – calling themselves Americans! So if there are truly peaceful Muslims in this country..decry these acts of depravity committed by your "brothers". Why do you still support their businesses and buy bread from their stores? Hypocrites! Don't come to my neighbrhood! We watch our American brother's backs here and we arm ourselves as is our right in this country! But then you prefer the cowards way don't you? Suicide bombing little babies and their mommies! So do the moderate muslims, if they exist, care about what's really happening? Because if they don't well then aren't they really targets of their own faith? As Americans of any faith we should all condemn the murder of innocents!! Come on Americans, have some guts and walk your talk!

    August 7, 2007 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  13. Jasmine Chicago,Illinois

    this person is such an idiot

    August 7, 2007 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  14. Austin, Greenville, SC

    Posted By wayne tn : August 6, 2007 4:53 am
    "I just wanted to say that all you people should know that if you do not become a muslim and join islam when asked to convert to their religion you are supposed to be killed by them and that means all muslims it is part of their beleifs"

    Please cite a reference from the Koran which says as much.

    Please cite examples of mainstream Muslims killing people for refusing to convert to their religion.

    August 7, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Austin, Greenville, SC

    Posted By J, CO : August 5, 2007 1:21 pm
    "Keep believing that Muslims are peaceful, good people and keep granting them constitutional rights that are denied most Christian Americans. Good luck espousing liberal lunacy when Americans are living under Shari ah law."

    What constitutional rights are being "denied most Christian Americans"?

    When will Americans be living under Sharia law?

    Do Muslim extremists speak for all Muslims? Do IRA bombers or anti-abortion gunners speak for all Christians?

    August 7, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Austin, Greenville, SC

    Posted By Tim, Washington, DC : August 5, 2007 10:58 pm

    "I agree with Tom Tancredo, he’s a great American for defending the our homeland against muslims, marxist and liberals. We should actually make an example out of China and Iran to prove to the rest of this heathen world that America means business."

    What exactly is the threat posed to the US by Marxism and Liberalism?

    Once we've "made an example out of China and Iran", as you propose, how do you suppose the "rest of this heathen world" would respond?

    August 7, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Austin, Greenville, SC

    Posted By Sara, Denver Colorado : August 6, 2007 5:48 pm

    To Rob C – we are all quite impressed with your Internet research. You’ve discovered Wikopedia – I’m quite proud of you. Let me ask you this – do you want to see American women and children blown up here in the States? That’s a yes or no question. Do you think we can prevent that playing by the old rules? You found all that info on the Internet but seem to lack the brains to process it. Rules are great when agreed upon by all parties. Radical muslims have no rules and they don’t care if they die. If we play by these rules they will win. It’s that simple. It just baffles me people like you don’t understand that. It’s like you’re living in another world. What you also fail to understand is a few thousand civilian deaths now may prevent tens of thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands later down the road. You really don’t get this???"

    Rob put some thought and research into his response. Can you say the same?

    Are you seriously telling us that tens or hundreds of thousands of civilians will die if we don't bomb Mecca? That's a yes or no question.

    Radical Muslims have been bombing each other for years, and it hasn't stopped anything. Yet you think the threat of our bombs will somehow deter them.

    ...and you accuse Rob of being in another world?

    August 7, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Sara, Denver Colorado

    Austin, Greenville, SC – What though? He pulled a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo off the Internet. So what? I would prefer to use what I alrady know and come up with some original thoughts. Crazy, I know.

    No, I'm saying hundreds of thousands may die if we don't stop radical Islam in it's tracks. Had Al-Qaeda had a nuclear bomb on 911, they would have used it. Technology spreads and some day they will have it. If you can't see that you're blind.

    Yes, because our bombs are bigger, more accurate, more numerous, and WE choose where they go.

    August 7, 2007 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. Austin, Greenville, SC

    No one here has denied the threat of radical Islam, or the specific threat of a nuclear terrorist attack. There’s nothing crazy about looking at the facts and coming up with a solution to the problem.

    However, not all solutions are equal. There’s a BIG difference between building a creative solution to a complicated problem and reflexively pushing the button on a city that millions of people (including some of our allies) hold sacred.

    Tancredo is advocating indiscriminant mass killing as a matter of national policy. I expect more from a veteran Congressman with aspirations to the White House.

    The “legal mumbo jumbo” to which Rob C referred are the rules by which the US engages in armed conflict. While it’s true that the terrorists do not subscribe to the Geneva Convention, that’s not a valid reason for us to abandon it. More importantly, the LOAC exist to provide noncombatants with as much protection as is reasonably possible during wartime.

    Tancredo seems to be advocating a variation of the concept of “mutually assured destruction” that was prevalent during the cold war. The problem is that we’re not talking about two global superpowers...we’re talking about one superpower and a large assortment of small (and not so small) groups scattered around the globe.

    That’s one of the things that makes terrorism so difficult to fight–terrorists don’t necessarily have a large, vulnerable central command structure and they don’t necessarily represent a particular sect or nation. It’s possible to put military and diplomatic pressure on other countries to get them to toe the line (Afghanistan and N. Korea for example), but it’s not the same with extremist groups. You’ve got to either root them out or get somebody else to do it for you (ex: Pakistan).

    None of this justifies bombing Mecca. Deliberately bombing civilian targets is illegal, immoral, and counterproductive.

    August 8, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. sleepy lady

    Poor America if people like him have the power>>>> Prepare your self America You will be killed by your own people like him………Truly feel sad , the more people like him increase in spot , the more abhorrence & hatred the world will feel to Americans people. ..Dr. Fell please help him.

    August 9, 2007 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  21. Nisreen Ezzat

    I noticed that you did not post my comments, yet I enjoyed the variation and diversity in responses specially those against Tancredo and some even wanted to hospitalize him for treatment which I find a good suggestion. This is a credit to American people to tell the truth.
    Believe me the atrocities committed against Muslims are being directed by non-Muslims like war mongers, arm dealers, it’s a very big scheme. It seems that after the World War II some terms changed from freedom fighters to terrorists. Now there is Chaos all around the world specially in the Middle East. Of course this chaos was not initiated by the people living there, but by a few corrupted with a little help from their friends in other parts of the world who share common interests to create this chaos.
    You cannot trace them because it includes countries, presidents and high officials from both sides.
    The enemy is not Muslims only. The enemy is from within. So do not label any terrorists
    by religion, nationality or ethnic group. Profiling in the U.S. started a long time ago. When you fill any forms you are being profiled .

    August 13, 2007 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  22. jed, toronto, ON

    Great! What next? Picking of Muslim States one by one is not enough!? Declare war on Muslims the world over, and hasten the total anhillation of the american empire.

    November 13, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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