Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Instead of warning North Korea and Iran of sanctions and other penalties, reminding one of the spirit of George W. Bush, how about Hillary Clinton trying negotiation and diplomacy? With this lady as Secretary of State, we risk heading to the precipice of war with both countries.

Mark Landler writes in today's The New York Times web page:

"Stiffening the American line against two nuclear-minded countries, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Wednesday that the United States would not offer North Korea any sweeteners to return to talks and would consider extending a “defense umbrella” over the Middle East if Iran does not heed calls to halt its nuclear weapons program."

Remember this is the same Hillary Clinton who threatened to "obliterate" Iran if it attacked Israel with nuclear weapons. With this one word, Clinton showed herself willing to kill men, women and children, all in the cause of trying to protect Israel from a future attack for which there is no evidence or reasonable basis to think would indeed happen.

So what is an ordinary Iranian to think of Hillary Clinton's threats? Israel has nuclear weapons, Pakistan and India have nuclear weapons; so does North Korea. Why not nuclear weapons for Iran as a means to protect its people from another George W. Bush coming on the scene and invading Iran? Clinton's threats seem to embody American animus towards Iran and all Iranians.

Let the U.S. and Barack Obama sit down with the Iranian government and hear their concerns in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We don't need any other American official talking down to Iranians or threatening their country with obliteration or a nuclear umbrella.

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