California Republican and member of the House Armed Services Committee Duncan Hunter Wednesday said that the U.S. should use tactical nuclear devices rather than putting boots on the ground if it were ever to strike Iran.
Speaking on Washington Journal, an American television series on the C-SPAN network, Hunter said stopping Iran from gaining nuclear capability was “inevitable.”
“I think people like to toss around the fact that we have to stop them in some way from giving them this nuclear capability. I think it’s inevitable,” he said.
“If you hit Iran, you do it with tactical nuclear devices and set them back a decade or two or three. That’s what you do with a massive aerial bombardment campaign.”
When asked if war with Iran was inevitable , the representative responded: “I sure as hell hope not.”
He added that any aerial bombardment of Iran would be a “huge undertaking” and cost “billions and billions of dollars,” but it would be preferable to a ground attack.
Iranian sovereign space covers approximately 1,648,195 kilometers squared.
Hunter expressed support for the proposed new round of economic sanctions against Iran , which has garnered bipartisan backing in both the Senate and House. Hunter went on to criticize the White House’s rejection of possible new sanctions. 
He stated that the White House and State Department “are so in love the idea of just saying they did something here, whether it works or not, that they’re blind to reality.”