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Rep. Duncan Hunter Claims Lying is Part of 'Middle Eastern Culture' (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) said today that it is part of the "Middle Eastern culture" to lie, especially "to get the best deal."

Rep. Hunter did not mention how the US lied about WMDs to justify the invasion of Iraq or the clandestine activities by the CIA against the Iranian government.

According to TalkingPointsMemo.com, Rep. Hunter made his claims on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" call-in show (video below).

"In the Middle Eastern culture, it is looked upon with very high regard to get the best deal possible no matter what it takes, and that includes lying," claimed Rep. Hunter. "That's one reason that these Gulf states like to work with the United States, because we're honest and transparent and we have laws that we have to live by."

"Are you saying all Middle East countries are this way?" asked C-SPAN host Greta Brawner. "Willing to lie in negotiations?"

"It is in the Middle Eastern culture to get the best deal that you can whether you're at the marketplace arguing over buying vegetables or buying shoes at the marketplace, to do anything that you can to get the best deal," added Rep. Duncan. "They like to barter there."

"Are you speaking from personal experience, talking about all Middle East countries?" asked Brawner.

Rep. Hunter finally gave in and admitted his stereotype didn't apply to "all Middle Eastern countries. I know that's a big generalization, They do business different than we do business in the West."

"If you're willing to blow yourself up and commit suicide in order to blow up other people, you are not a rational person," claimed Rep. Hunter. "And that's who you're dealing with when you're dealing with the Iranians. They have lied over and over and over. They are liars."

Joe Kasper, Rep. Hunter's director of communications, told TalkingPointsMemo.com in an email that Rep. Hunter does not believe it is in the Middle Eastern culture to lie.

However, Rep. Hunter clearly said, "It is in the Middle Eastern culture" and "in the Middle Eastern culture."

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Kasper claimed that Rep. Hunter talking "about the political culture."

During the same C-SPAN broadcast, Rep. Hunter also advocated using nuclear weapons against Iran, which would kill millions of people, noted RawStory.com.

"I think if you have to hit Iran, you don't put boots on the ground," stated Rep. Hunter. "You do it with tactical nuclear devices, and you set them back a decade or two or three. I think that's the way to do it, with a massive aerial bombardment campaign."

Sources: RawStory.com, TalkingPointsMemo.com, C-SPAN, The Guardian, CNSNews.com