Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The disgrace of "Davros" Clinton

From ABC News:

(Hillary) Clinton further displayed tough talk in an interview airing on "Good Morning America" Tuesday. ABC News' Chris Cuomo asked Clinton what she would do if Iran attacked Israel with nuclear weapons.

"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."

And this is the nuanced, subtle, informed and conscientious view of what we are told is an 'experienced foreign affairs hand'.

It’s taking Bill Clinton’s maxim ("When people are insecure, they'd rather have somebody who is strong and wrong than someone who's weak and right,") to a remarkable extreme.

What I hate about Hillary’s statement is….oh well hang on...there’s so many things I hate about it.

1. “Obliterate them” – who is "them"? Millions of innocent Iranians struggling to lead their lives while President “I’m a Dinner Jam” cowers safely in a bunker ?

2. Isn’t Israel a nuclear power anyway ? They refuse to confirm or deny this, but one wonders whether (a) Iran would attack them knowing they probably have their own nuclear weapons and (b) the US needs to rush to the defence of another nuclear power.

3. It is disgusting that Clinton is using such phrases. It is patronizing to the American people to cynically assume these sorts of statements will bring her extra votes.

Whatever happened to the subtlety of Theodore Roosevelt and his quotation of the West African proverb “Speak softly and carry a big stick” ?

Did JFK use such language during the Cuban Missile crisis ? Of course not.

Hillary Clinton has shown that she is the last person who ought to answer that legendary 3am red phone. If she is going to play to the gallery and go round throwing her weight about, this is not what anybody needs. Where's the intellectual rigour of her approach ? She's got all the sublety of Davros and the Daleks: "OBLITERATE"

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