Hillary wants to obliterate Iran… even our allies cringe.

I’m glad to see that Borzou Daragahi is as disgusted as I am over Clinton’s comments the other day about obliterating Iran.  Daragahi has increasingly impressed me as a very reasonable journalistic voice for the LA Times.  He says:

Better be careful what you say in the heat of a political campaign. It could have global repercussions.

Presidential contender Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vow to “obliterate” Iran, presumably with nuclear weapons, if it attacked Israel on her watch was duly noted in the U.S.

Jaded American insiders shrugged off the remark as typical campaign season bluster, filed away with myriad other exaggerations and gaffes.

But it prompted shock overseas as well as headlines from Bulgaria to New Zealand .

The statement triggered alarm bells in the Persian Gulf, which would likely suffer the consequences of any war between Iran and the U.S. In a harshly worded editorial, the Saudi-based daily Arab News trashed Clinton’s comment today as insane:

This is the foreign politics of the madhouse. It demonstrates the same doltish ignorance that has distinguished Bush’s foreign relations. It offers only violence where there should be negotiations and war where there could be peace. At a stroke, Clinton demonstrated to everyone in this region that if she were the next occupant of the White House, Iraq-like death and destruction would be the order of the day.

The paper generally stays  true to the line of the Saudi government, which is a key U.S. ally. But criticism of the remark also came from even friendlier quarters.

In the United Kingdom, which has been a steadfast U.S. ally in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as on the issue of Iran, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, a ranking British diplomat, criticized Clinton’s remark as gratuitous:

While it is reasonable to warn Iran of the consequence of it continuing to develop nuclear weapons and what those real consequences bring to its security, it is not probably prudent … in today’s world to threaten to obliterate any other country and in many cases civilians resident in such a country.


In other news, it is interesting to see India standing up to the USA.  With nearly 3 times the population we have, its about time they stopped taking their marching orders from the USA.

Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday said the United States could not arrogate to itself the right to determine whether Iran’s nuclear program was peaceful or not because it is for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to decide on the nature of Iran’s nuclear program, reported local newspaper the Hindu on Thursday.

    “We are advising Iran that since it is a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it has some obligation to international treaties. We are telling the United States ‘do not take on yourself the responsibility whether Iran was manufacturing weapons or not. Leave it to the IAEA, the designated authority’, “Mukherjee said during an interaction with reporters at an orientation program on parliamentary reporting in New Delhi Wednesday night.

    “It is not for me or for Iran to certify… it is for the IAEA to convince themselves whether ‘Tehran’s program is peaceful,” he said.

    The minister’s remarks came one day after a spokesman of the Indian External Affairs Ministry said India could do without any guidance on Indian ties with Iran.



3 Responses to “Hillary wants to obliterate Iran… even our allies cringe.”

  1. 1 john.b May 22, 2008 at 12:44 am

    as long as our special friend israel is under attack we our under attack !as anyone knows is bullshit! 2%OF THE U.S.A. is jewish.Now we are going to kill thousands of people because they want to get us involved.The state of israel is an abortion since May 1948.Hamas throws 100 40 pound rockets into israel, not justified in my mind but israel sends in tanks and bulldozes every fucking thing, not what a country does that takes international laws into concideration.they do what they please,without concern from the u.s.a .they build on occupied land and do not give a fuck.they will soon realize their time is up.the u.s is owned by china we are not the superpower of the 90s. go to hell israel.!!!

  2. 2 theradicalmormon May 22, 2008 at 2:57 am

    I appreciate your passion and sympathize with your viewpoints as you can tell by the content of these posts. Truthfully, I don’t have much hope while the powers that be remain in power. Not just Republicans, but our whole power structure seems to be under the same spell. Something radical needs to happen I suppose. As Jefferson said, we need a revolution every 20 years in this country! Anyway, I continue to hope that more people like you and I can get the word out and someday we may meet critical mass and then things will change I believe.
    By the way, your comments are entirely welcome here, but could you tone down the language a little bit? Appreciated.

  3. 3 john.b May 26, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    yes i will tone down the language but when you use golly gee and o shucks and rats you do not get the same effect! these words might offend but come on,nothing compared to the brutal attack the Palestinians are going through.I know language like this sometimes dummies you down but it also makes a point that you are fed up and how series you are!with all do respect. john b

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