At Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum quarrelled over the notion that the U.S. should negotiate with Iran.

“They have no evidence that they are working on a weapon,” Paul said. “At least our leaders and Reagan talked to the Soviets. What is so terribly bad about this? Countries you put sanctions on, you are more likely to fight them. I say a policy of peace is free trade, stay out of their internal business. Do get involved in these wars and bring our troops home.”

“Iran is not iceland, Ron,” Santorum insisted. “Iran is a country that has been at war with us since 1979. Iran has killed more American men and women in uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan than the Iraqis and Afghans have.”

“The senator is wrong on his history,” Paul interrupted. “We’ve been at war in Iran for a lot longer than ’79. We started it in 1953… the blow-back came in 1979 because we don’t mind our own business. That’s our problem!”

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