It should really come as no surprise that one of the largest financial contributors to the G.O.P., as Connor Simpson of The Atlantic points out, has the same approach to diplomacy that the Tea Party has to governance.
during a panel discussion with former congressional candidate Shmuley Boteach, Adelson offered advice on foreign policy to President Barack Obama: Stop trying to negotiate with Iran and start firing nuclear weapons at them.
"What are we going to negotiate about?" Adelson asked rhetorically. "What I would say is, 'Listen, you see that desert out there, I want to show you something.' You pick up your cell phone and you call somewhere in Nebraska and you say, 'OK let it go.' So there's an atomic weapon, goes over ballistic missiles, the middle of the desert, that doesn't hurt a soul. Maybe a couple of rattlesnakes, and scorpions, or whatever."
"And then you say, 'See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So, we mean business. You want to be wiped out? Go ahead and take a tough position and continue with your nuclear development.'"
If the G.O.P. is still interested in restoring its image, one of their top donors advocating for the same diplomatic approach as the average James Bond villain probably didn't do them any favors.