Clinton seemed to agree that she would support a military strike on Iranian nuclear strike. She didn't rule it out and was careful not to rule it out.Meanwhile, Wizbang had a very interesting link to the colorful Jack Wheeler, who was gossiping about the scuttlebutt surrounding the non-response from Syria to IAF F-15s violating their territory in a fashion akin to Michael Jackson:
Let's face it: scaring the terror masters in Tehran out of their wits is fun. So much fun, in fact, that an attack destroying Iran's nuclear facilities and the Revolutionary Guard command/control centers has been delayed, so that France (under new management) can get in on the fun too.Not sure of the veracity of his column or whether Hillary's comments had any bearing on this, just thought it was weird.
PS, about the debate. Notice how many of the Democrats wore dark sport coats, light shirts, red power ties with lapel pins. Couldn't tell what Kucinich's pin was, though. Maybe a gift from Assad?
The hypothetical question about torturing the number 3 man in AQ provided the most stunning response yet in any of the debates, provided by Hillary when she found out the person suggesting it was her husband. "Well, he's not standing here right now". Then Biden misunderstood. But he's fun.
BTW, the guys talking about no torture on their watch in order to disparage Bush were not asked about the rendition program that was started on Clinton's watch. But the empty-headed comments from Edwards and others about closing GTMO, Secret facilities or other approaches just cannot resonate with a majority of Americans without a viable alternative.
The debate was actually quite interesting. Some could even accuse Tim Russert of hectoring the candidates, especially Hillary. While watching live it seemed her answer to the "ticking time bomb" hypothetical, which drew some applause as described above, was a score. But the NY Daily News, now conservative rag, begs to differ:
Last October, Clinton told the Daily News: "If we're going to bepreparing for the kind of improbable but possible eventuality, then it has to be done within the rule of law."Hopefully there will be video today.
She said then the "ticking time bomb" scenario represents a narrow exception to her opposition to torture as morally wrong, ineffective and dangerous to American soldiers.