Barbour: Iran biggest threat to global securitySubmitted by kindredobserver on Wed, 02/09/2011 - 15:59
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Wednesday that Iran is the world's top threat to peace and stability.
Barbour, who is a potential 2012 Republican candidate for president, said world leaders should be judged by their success in responding to Iran's nuclear program and what he called Iran's support for terrorism and efforts to destabilize other governments.
The governor received a warm ovation at a prestigious Israeli security conference, where Iran and its nuclear program were a main subject.
Barbour said American policymakers tend to fall into one of two camps regarding America's alliance with Israel: those who see it as costly and problematic, and those who, like Barbour, consider it a strategic partnership.
"Israel is the Holy Land of democratic faith," Barbour said. "We're with you, and we're glad you're with us."
It was Barbour's only public appearance during his 5-day trip to Israel, hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition. His visit followed recent trips to Israel by two former Republican governors also considering presidential runs: Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.