Rick Santorum Says He Would Bomb Iran Nuclear Sites

Republican contender Rick Santorum says that if he's elected president, he would bomb Iran's nuclear facilities unless they were opened up for international arms inspectors.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum campaigns at the Smokey Row Coffeehouse in Oskaloosa, Iowa, December 31, 2011.

Republican contender Rick Santorum says that if he's elected president, he would bomb Iran's nuclear facilities unless they were opened up for international arms inspectors.

The former Pennsylvania senator says President Barack Obama hasn't done enough to prevent the Iranian government from building a nuclear weapon and has risked turning the U.S. into a "paper tiger."

Santorum tells NBC television's "Meet the Press" that he would tell Iranian leaders that either they open up those facilities, begin to dismantle them and make them available to inspectors — or the U.S. would attack them.

The Obama administration, like President George W. Bush's administration, has focused primarily on international diplomacy and economic penalties to try to pressure Iran into abandoning its nuclear program. Iran contends its efforts are for peaceful purposes.