Monday, April 21, 2008

The Hillary Hawk

ABC's Jake Tapper was touting a rare sighting of the elusive Hillary Hawk tomorrow on GMA with this quote:
"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."
But Olbermann has already scooped him!

A bit out of character. So, what's the deal? Probably an 11th hour play for the shot drinking, beer chasing clinger crowd but does it have anything to do with Carter's embarrassing trip to Hamas-land after he's dropped hints about backing Obama? Let's let Jimmy explain.

Even if it's not to do with Jimmy, doesn't Hillary's deterrent rhetoric suggest she's already giving up on stopping the Iranians from getting the nukes they aren't officially pursuing? In other words, an assurance to Israel that only a liberal could make--they wipe you off the map, we return the favor after you're crispy fried. If so, no real surprises because the same GWoT strategy was used in the 90s with little success. But her statement represents a sea change in retaliation consequences and a striking difference from Obama's plan.

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