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July 22, 2009

Obama administration willing to allow Iran to develop nukes?

Topics: Iran, Middle East News and Perspectives, Political News and commentaries

What other way to read this than that the Obama administration has just expressed a willingness to allow Iran to develop nukes and be willing to then spend money defending against what they should have stopped. in the first place?

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the US is prepared to bolster the defence of its Gulf allies if Iran develops a nuclear weapons programme.

Mrs Clinton said if the US extended a "defence umbrella" over the region, it was unlikely that Iran would be any stronger or safer having a weapon.

Speaking in an interview for Thai television, she said: "If the US extends a defence umbrella over the region, if we do even more to support the military capacity of those in the Gulf, it's unlikely that Iran will be any stronger or safer because they won't be able to intimidate and dominate as they apparently believe they can once they have a nuclear weapon." (edit - emphasis mine)

She said the US was still offering engagement to Iran but warned that the "nuclear clock was ticking".

Arms race

Mrs Clinton said that Iran faced the prospect of sparking an arms race in its region if it pursued nuclear weapons.

"It may render Iran less secure, not more secure," she said.

Earlier, Mrs Clinton said the US was still offering engagement to Iran but warned that the "nuclear clock was ticking".

Foreign ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), as well as EU and US envoys, met on Wednesday in Thailand.

Mrs Clinton reiterated President Barack Obama's policy that talks were still an option between Iran and the US, but that "crippling action" could also be considered.

Sounds like tacit approval for nukes has just been given to Iran with the "crippling action" part being nothing more than diplo-speak for a weak threat that would never be carried-out. After all, it appears to have come as an after-thought.

Anyone willing to bet their last dollar on Obama ever taking such "crippling action" before the "clock ticking" is over and Iran completes its nuke development?

Hat tip - Stop the ACLU

Posted by Richard at July 22, 2009 8:40 AM



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