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Obama Won’t Attack Iran After Israel Attack

From his tireless fans at the Associated Press:

Obama says Clinton’s tough talk on Iran too much like Bush’s

By LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer

INDIANAPOLIS – Barack Obama scolded Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday for saying that the United States would “totally obliterate” Iran if it attacks Israel, and likened her to President Bush. Clinton stood by her comment.

The foreign policy dustup came as the two candidates appeared separately on dueling Sunday news shows and as the drawn-out fight for the Democratic nomination grew ever more fierce ahead of the next pivotal pair of primaries, in Indiana and North Carolina on Tuesday.

Seeking the advantage, Obama seized on Clinton’s recent answer when asked what she would do if she wins the White House and Iran attacked Israel with nuclear weapons.

“I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran,” Clinton said April 22 in an interview with ABC. “In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.”

On Wednesday, Iran strongly condemned Clinton for her remarks. Iran’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Mehdi Danesh-Yazdi, called her comment “provocative, unwarranted and irresponsible” and “a flagrant violation” of the U.N. Charter.

On “Meet the Press” Sunday, Obama said: “It’s not the language we need right now, and I think it’s language reflective of George Bush. We have had a foreign policy of bluster and saber rattling and tough talk and in the meantime have made a series strategic decisions that have actually strengthened Iran.”

He also suggested Clinton’s comments were politically motivated.

“Senator Clinton during the course of the campaign has said we shouldn’t speculate about Iran, we’ve got to be cautious when we’re running for president, she scolded me on a couple of occasions on this issue, yet a few days before an election, she’s willing to use that language,” he said.

Clinton, asked on ABC’s “This Week” about Obama’s criticism, said she had no regrets about her comment.

“Why would I have any regrets? I’m asked a question about what I would do if Iran attacked our ally, a country that many of us have a great deal of, you know, connection with and feeling for, for all kinds of reasons. And, yes, we would have massive retaliation against Iran,” Clinton said.

“I don’t think they will do that, but I sure want to make it abundantly clear to them that they would face a tremendous cost if they did such a thing,” she said…

Mind you, this is the same Barack Hussein Obama who has said in the past that he would attack Iran — even Pakistan — if the mood struck him.

Did you ever think that there would be anyone on the planet who could make Mrs. Clinton seem sensible — even tough-minded?

Moreover, isn’t it hilarious that the Associated Press calls such childish (though dangerous) comments a “foreign policy dustup.”

Are there no grownups left to run for the Presidency?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, May 4th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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