Not to be outdone by Obama and Edwards, Hillary Clinton has just endorsed the Bush line on Iran. This was of course expected; Clinton leads the pack when it comes to not taking a principled stand on any progressive issue that polls under 60%, and is especially weak on Israel. Says Haaretz,
Calling Iran a danger to the U.S. and one of Israel’s greatest threats, U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday no option can be taken off the table when dealing with that nation.
“U.S. policy must be clear and unequivocal: We cannot, we should not, we must not permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons,” the Democrat told a crowd of Israel supporters. “In dealing with this threat … no option can be taken off the table.”
Clinton spoke at a Manhattan dinner held by the largest pro-Israel lobbying group in the U.S., the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
Paraphrasing Clinton, let me say this: Iran isn’t, and won’t be a threat. Its real leader is Ali Khamenei, a conservative cleric who’s been in power for almost 20 years and has no interest in launching a first strike against a nuclear power. A few months ago, the approval rates of its radical mouthpiece, Ahmadinejad, hit rock bottom; since then, they’ve started digging. His approval rate could well be higher in Israel than in Iran.
Edwards and Obama have excuses for their statements, based mainly on their total lack of experience with foreign policy. Clinton has no such excuse; she only has six years of experience in elected office, but she’s likely discussed her positions with her husband, who has somewhat better experience.
For sure, Clinton makes the obligatory remark about negotiation and diplomacy. That doesn’t distinguish her from the pack; Obama made some vague statement about “clarity and transparency” only a few days ago. She’s still a warmonger who voted for the war on Iraq because she was against second-guessing the President. That makes her even worse than Edwards and Obama, since someone who sympathized with unitary executives when out of power will probably goven based on the unitary executive theory when in power.