Sunday, April 27, 2008

Hillary should not be answering the White House phone

Boston Globe Editorial, Hillary Strangelove:
AMERICANS have learned to take with a grain of salt much of the rhetoric in a campaign like the current Democratic donnybrook between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Still, there are some red lines that should never be crossed. Clinton did so Tuesday morning, the day of the Pennsylvania primary, when she told ABC's "Good Morning America" that, if she were president, she would "totally obliterate" Iran if Iran attacked Israel.

This foolish and dangerous threat was muted in domestic media coverage. But it reverberated in headlines around the world.

Responding with understatement to a question in the British House of Lords, the foreign minister responsible for Asia, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, said of Clinton's implication of a mushroom cloud over Iran: "While it is reasonable to warn Iran of the consequences of it continuing to develop nuclear weapons and what those real consequences bring to its security, it is probably not prudent in today's world to threaten to obliterate any other country and in many cases civilians resident in such a country...

A presidential candidate who lightly commits to obliterating Iran - and, presumably, all the children, parents, and grandparents in Iran - should not be answering the White House phone at any time of day or night."


  1. Anonymous12:18 PM

    Her quote was taken out of context by a paper that endorses Obama. Totally suspect.

  2. Iran protests Clinton threat in event of attack on Israel
    Iran lodged a formal protest at the United Nations about comments by Hillary Clinton that the United States would "totally obliterate" Iran if it attacked Israel with nuclear weapons.

    Iran's deputy ambassador to the UN, Mehdi Danesh-Yazdi, sent a letter of protest on Wednesday to the UN secretary general and the Security Council denouncing the remarks, the state-run IRNA news agency reported yesterday.

    Clinton made the comments in an interview on ABC last week. "I want the Iranians to know that if I'm the president, we will attack Iran," she said when she was asked what she would do if Iran attacked Israel with nuclear weapons. "In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them," she added.

    Danesh-Yazdi wrote in the letter that Clinton's comments were "provocative, unwarranted, and irresponsible" and "a flagrant violation" of the UN charter, IRNA reported. "I wish to reiterate my government's position that the Islamic Republic of Iran has no intention to attack any other nation," the letter said. Nonetheless "Iran would not hesitate to act in self-defense to respond to any attack against the Iranian nation and to take appropriate defensive measures to protect itself."