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  • #31
    Senator Clinton should apologize for using a genocidal term during her campaign. Her recent remark-- stating that if Iranians were to launch a nuclear attack against Israel, the United States would be able to obliterate Iran -- is out of the line, politically inappropriate, and reflects a hawkish approach toward foreign policy based on the Bush administration model.

    Even neoconservative warmongers who have been saber rattling with Iran over the past 8 years have never used such a term. If the media were not distracted by Rev. Wright's controversial remarks, this comment would cause a huge backlash against Clinton.

    This calls into question Clinton's ability to pick up the red phone at 3 a.m. and make a tough decision on a crucial foreign policy issue. Also, before taking that 3 a.m. call, Clinton should read the National Intelligence Estimates during the daytime. She did not read them a single time for Iraq in 2002 and consequently voted for the Iraq war.

    Once again, it seems that she did not read the latest NIE on Iran's nuclear program (PDF), which is a collection of reports conducted by dozens of intelligence agencies. The report released last December emphasizes that Iranians stopped their efforts to make a nuclear bomb in 2003. This means Iran has no bomb to attack Israel with, and consequently there is no need to "obliterate" a country with 70 million people, three times larger that Iraq in size and population.

    Even if Iranians were to gain a nuclear bomb, there would be no way for them to use it against Israel, simply due to the geography of the region. Palestinians and Israelis live side by side. No bomb has yet been made that can differentiate between ethnicities.

    Clinton's attempt to be tough has pushed her to internalize a neoconservative tone in her foreign policy agenda that is disrespectful of international mechanisms in dealing with global crisis. This destructive approach has dramatically damaged the image of the United States since the Iraq war in 2003.

    Moreover, in the literature of peace and conflict studies, "obliteration" of a country, in whatever shape or form, is genocidal, irresponsible and irrational.

    While thousands of people have died in a war that could have been avoided, talking about obliteration of yet another country -- which President Bush has called "the third World War" -- does bode well for change in the White House in January 2009.

    Clinton should also know that there are between 25,000 to 35,000 Jews in Iran. Jewish people have a member in the Iranian parliament. They can practice their religion freely to a large extent, and love their homeland, even though they might not like their controversial president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. She should also remember that Iranians were the first in the Middle East to show their sympathy for the victims of the 9/11 tragedy by lighting candles in their memory.

    Clinton's remark is disrespecting millions of Iranians who are struggling hard for their rights, which include thousands of intellectuals, journalists and activists who have paid huge costs to change their society but still think that the west and Iran should engage in a constructive dialogue -- even with the current government -- rather than go to war.


    • #32
      President-Elect Barack Obama was poised to name his national security team on Monday, with former political rival Hillary Clinton in line to be picked as secretary of state.

      As part of a deal with Obama to clear the way for his wife to get the post, former President Bill Clinton agreed to make public the names of more than 200,000 donors to his foundation, the New York Times reported in Sunday's editions.

      A person close to Clinton, the New York senator who waged a sometimes heated battle with Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on Sunday that "she will be in Chicago tomorrow to be named secretary of state."

      Others expected to be picked for key posts include: current Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a Republican who would stay in the new Democratic administration; retired Marine Corps Gen. James Jones as White House national security adviser, and Susan Rice, an Obama foreign policy adviser, as U.N. ambassador.

      The Obama national security team will face the tasks of extricating U.S. forces from Iraq, tackling a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan, and rebuilding the U.S. image abroad after eight years with President George W. Bush in office.

      The appointments come amid other global security challenges such as the attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai that killed nearly 200 people and threatened to undermine India's improving ties with fellow nuclear-armed neighbor Pakistan.

      Obama's office said in a statement on Sunday that Obama would announce members of his national security team at a news conference at 10:40 a.m. EST (1540 GMT) on Monday. Vice President-elect Joe Biden will also attend the session where other officials in the next administration might also be named.

      U.S. media also reported Obama will name former Justice Department official Eric Holder as attorney general and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as homeland security chief.

      Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, the senior Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised Hillary Clinton's pending nomination, but made clear that her husband's activities might come under scrutiny.


      "I would vote in favor of Senator Clinton, knowing what we have here," about her husband's disclosures on his foundation, Lugar told ABC's "This Week."

      "I suspect, however, that I'm not alone in suggesting that there will be questions raised, and probably legitimate questions," Lugar added.

      The New York Times, citing Democratic sources, reported that Bill Clinton had decided to make public his contributor list to avoid an appearance of conflict of interest with his wife's duties as the top U.S. diplomat.

      Clinton turned over names of all 208,000 individuals and organizations that have given money since 1997, the Times said, and his foundation will release them publicly by year's end.

      Future donors also will be disclosed as long as Hillary Clinton serves in Obama's cabinet, the newspaper reported.


      • #33
        President-elect Barack Obama named former rival Hillary Clinton as secretary of state on Monday and said Robert Gates would remain defense secretary as part of a national security team charged with recasting America's leadership of world affairs.

        Clinton and Gates, who have been at odds with Obama in the past over foreign policy and defense issues, will implement Obama's vision of rebuilding the U.S. image abroad and oversee two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

        "I assembled this team because I am a strong believer in strong personalities and strong opinions. I think that's how the best decisions are made," Obama said at a news conference.

        Clinton, standing with Obama on the stage in Chicago, said the United States must rely on its friends to help confront threats like global warming and terrorism -- an implicit rebuke to the go-it-alone approach of President George W. Bush.

        "While we are determined to defend our freedoms and liberties at all costs, we also reach out to the world again, seeking common cause and higher ground," she said.

        Along with Clinton and Gates, Obama named retired Marine Gen. James Jones as national security adviser and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as head of homeland security.

        He also named former Justice Department official Eric Holder as attorney general and Susan Rice, an Obama foreign policy adviser, as U.N. ambassador.

        All the nominees are expected to win quick confirmation by the Democratic-controlled Senate.

        The announcements have been given added emphasis by last week's rampage in Mumbai, India, where gunmen killed nearly 200 people, including at least five U.S. citizens, ratcheting up tensions with nuclear-armed rival Pakistan.

        With polls showing most Americans more concerned about the dire state of the economy than national security, Obama spent much of last week naming leading members of his economic team and presenting himself as a strong chief executive officer.

        But the Mumbai attacks were a timely reminder that Obama will not have the luxury of focusing only on fixing the economy as he succeeds outgoing Bush. His vice president-elect, Joe Biden, warned during the presidential campaign that Obama could be tested by a national security crisis within six months of taking office on January 20.

        U.S. authorities warned last week of a possible al Qaeda threat to transit systems in and around New York City, although they added there was no specific information to confirm the plot had developed "beyond aspirational planning."


        Gates has said he wanted to leave at the end of the Bush administration and it is unclear how long he plans to serve in Obama's administration.

        While Gates avoided direct criticism of Obama during the election campaign, he has advocated policies that have been at odds with Obama on issues like the Iraq war.
        Obama wants to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq within 16 months of taking office, but Gates has argued against setting timetables and a quick pullout, saying it could jeopardize the security gains that have been made over the past year.

        However, Gates has been praised by Democrats and Republicans since taking over the Pentagon from Donald Rumsfeld in 2006 and he would provide continuity while the United States fights wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

        Obama clashed with Clinton during a bitter campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton famously ran an advertisement depicting a 3 a.m. crisis call at the White House to argue that Obama, a first-term Illinois senator, was not ready to be commander-in-chief.

        Clinton also tended to talk tougher, once saying she would "obliterate" Iran if it attacked Israel. She criticized as "naive" Obama's call for direct presidential-level engagement with foes like Iran and North Korea.

        But Clinton broadly agrees with Obama in supporting a greater emphasis on engagement in U.S. foreign policy.

        Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, has agreed to make public the names of more than 200,000 donors to his foundation as part of a deal with Obama to clear the way for his wife to become secretary of state, a member of Obama's transition team said.

        Clinton has decided to publish his contributor lists to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest with his wife's duties as secretary of state.


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          • #35
            Hague talks
            MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell interviews Clinton on Iran talks

            THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A senior U.S. diplomat met Iran's delegate at an international conference in the Hague on Tuesday in a sign of tentatively improving ties after decades of hostility between Washington and Tehran. In a rare diplomatic exchange, the United States also directly gave a letter to Tehran seeking help to resolve three separate cases involving Americans, one a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran two years ago.

            U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed Iran's participation at the Hague conference on Afghanistan, which she proposed and personally had urged Tehran to attend. "I think the fact that they came today, that they intervened today is a promising sign that there will be future cooperation," Clinton said.



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                U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the previous Bush administration's attempts to isolate Iran did not work. In testimony before a House appropriations subcommittee Thursday, Clinton said isolation "did not deter Iran one bit" in its pursuit of nuclear weapons and its support of terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas. The Obama administration has taken a different approach than the previous administration by offering to engage in dialogue with the Iranians. Clinton said engaging Iran diplomatically would put the U.S. in a better position to organize tougher sanctions against Tehran if needed.



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