Monday, June 04, 2007
Norman Solomon: Iran - The Awful Truth About Hillary, Barack and John
April 18th, 2007 ·
The Awful Truth About Hillary, Barack and John
By NORMAN SOLOMON
The Pentagon’s most likely next target is Iran.
Hillary Clinton says "no option can be taken off the table."
Barack Obama says that the Iranian government is "a threat to all of us" and "we should take no option, including military action, off the table."
John Edwards says, "Under no circumstances can Iran be allowed to have nuclear weapons." And: "We need to keep all options on the table."
A year ago, writing in The New Yorker, journalist Seymour Hersh reported: "One of the military’s initial option plans, as presented to the White House by the Pentagon this winter, calls for the use of a bunker-buster tactical nuclear weapon, such as the B61-11, against underground nuclear sites."
For a presidential candidate to proclaim that all "options" should be on the table while dealing with Iran is a horrific statement. It signals willingness to threaten — and possibly follow through with — first use of nuclear weapons. This raises no eyebrows among Washington’s policymakers and media elites because it is in keeping with longstanding U.S. foreign-policy doctrine.
This year, with their virtually identical statements about "options" and "the table," the leading Democratic presidential candidates — Clinton, Obama and Edwards – have refused to rule out any kind of attack on Iran.
Hillary asked about her Iraq vote AND Iran