Thursday, January 19, 2006

Bush For
On Iran

Don't ever let anyone tell you this woman doesn't have ideas.

Classic Clintonian positioning:

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton called for United Nations sanctions against Iran as it resumes its nuclear program and faulted the Bush administration for "downplaying" the threat.

In an address Wednesday evening at Princeton University, Clinton, D-N.Y., said it was a mistake for the United States to have Britain, France and Germany head up nuclear talks with Iran over the past 2 1/2 years. Last week, Iran resumed nuclear research in a move Tehran claims is for energy, not weapons.

"I believe that we lost critical time in dealing with Iran because the White House chose to downplay the threats and chose to outsource the negotiations," Clinton said.

It is possible, though, that Bush has outpositioned Hilary, and her ilk. Because, Bush has been explicitly tough on Iran, and no one has listened. In a 2004 interview with Bill O'Reily, Bush had said that Iran will not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, and that if they keep trying to do so "all options are on the table."

That is quite a statement for a President to make regarding a potentially nuclear nation. I thought it was Bush's Cuban Missile Crisis Moment, and I celebrated his courageous stand. I expected a vigorous public debate. I expected fear to surge. But, what did we get?

Crickets chirping, loudly.

The fact that Hilary is saying Bush needs to be tougher only gives Bush more political capital to be even tougher than he has already been.

Thanks, Hilary.