Sen. Hillary Clinton
As Pennsylvania voters go to the polls in a primary widely regarded as do-or-die for Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, the New York Democrat apparently is positioning herself to the right of some Republicans, vowing that if Iran attacks Israel with nuclear weapons, she would respond in kind against Tehran, with the ability to “totally obliterate them.”
Clinton’s remarks came during an interview airing tomorrow morning on the ABC News show, “Good Morning America.”
ABC’s Chris Cuomo asked Clinton what she would do if Iran attacked Israel with nuclear weapons, according to the network.
“I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president we will attack Iran,” Clinton said. “In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.”
On the floor of the Senate on Feb. 14, 2007, Clinton stated, “If the administration believes that any, any use of force against Iran is necessary, the president must come to Congress to seek that authority.”
As WND reported, Clinton offered a new defense doctrine during the Democratic presidential debate in Philadelphia last week that would have the U.S. defend Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates with nuclear weapons.
Her statement largely went unnoticed, pointed out political consultant and pundit Dick Morris, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton.
Co-moderator George Stephanopoulos, who asked the question, was “too focused on Obama’s wearing or not wearing a flag pin in his lapel,” Morris said.
Here’s what Clinton said: “We should be looking to create an umbrella of deterrence that goes much further than just Israel. Of course I would make it clear to the Iranians that an attack on Israel would incur massive retaliation from the United States. But I would do the same with other countries in the region … . You can’t go to the Saudis or the Kuwaitis or UAE and others who have a legitimate concern about Iran and say, well, don’t acquire these weapons to defend yourself unless you’re also willing to say we will provide a deterrent backup.”
Morris suggest the sweeping new defense doctrine offered by Clinton is “perhaps influenced by her husband’s $15 million paycheck from Dubai or the $10 million the Saudi monarchy gave to his library.”
In a column yesterday in the New York Post, Morris said “no American president has ever made so sweeping a commitment in the region. Hillary certainly appears willing to break new ground”
Morris concluded: “If there is one real warmonger in this race, it is Hillary Clinton, who is now willing to risk our cities to save some of the most repressive regimes in the Middle East.”