May 3, 2008 at 5:03 am Leave a comment

(In particular scroll to the section: “But Hill before Bill”)

On April 22 during an ABC “Good Morning America” interview, Hilary Clinton said that she would “obliterate” Iran if they attacked Israel.

From Michael Getler of PBS’s “Ombudsman” blog:
“MR. CUOMO: Iran: some language recently. You said if Iran were to strike Israel, there would be a massive retaliation. Scary words. Does massive retaliation mean you’d go into Iran? You would bomb Iran? Is that what that’s supposed to suggest?

SEN. CLINTON: Well, the question was if Iran were to launch a nuclear attack on Israel, what would our response be? And I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran. And I want them to understand that. Because it does mean that they have to look very carefully at their society, because whatever stage of development they might be in their nuclear weapons program in the next 10 years during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them. That’s a terrible thing to say, but those people who run Iran need to understand that, because that perhaps will deter them from doing something that would be reckless, foolish, and tragic.”

This received no play in the news yet is a very significant statement that not only has potentially huge repurcussions, but is also telling of where Clinton’s support lies in certain international affairs. The conflict between Israel and Palestine is extremely fragile, and politicians throughout this nation and others approach the issue with different religious and political agendas, so it’s important to understand what biases each presidential candidate may have. Plus, how a future president approaches one international ethnic conflict may provide insight on how that leader will approach other international conflicts.

Read the blog to get another opinion on Clinton’s comments.


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