Thursday, January 19, 2006

Sen. Clinton Criticizes Bush Policy on Iran

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) criticized Pres. Bush for minimizing the Iran nuclear threat and for using a multilateral approach with Iran. She said last night, "I believe that we lost critical time in dealing with Iran because the White House chose to downplay the threats and to outsource the negotiations."

Apparently, however, Sen. Clinton conveniently forgot her husband's position. About a year ago in Davos, Switzerland, "Former U.S. President Bill Clinton urged the Bush administration Thursday to stick to diplomacy to get Iran to abandon its nuclear program ... ."

Democrats have criticized Bush often for his allegedly unilateral approach in dealing with Iraq. On the other hand, Democrats have criticized Bush for his multilateral approach in dealing with North Korea. The transparent motive of the Democrats, including Sen. Clinton, is to criticize whatever Pres. Bush does, without regard to consistency or circumstances.

After criticizing the Bush administration for outsourcing the negotiations to the European 3, Britain, France, and Germany, Sen. Clinton did an about-face and said the U.S. must gain Russia's and China's backing. Let me see if I understand her position. The U.S. was wrong to work with its allies in dealing with Iran but now should work with Russia and China, whose interests are often contrary to ours.

Further, while "we lost critical time" in dealing with Iran, the U.S. should now take the time to got to the U.N. and to pursue sanctions, with the support of Russia and China. As our experience in working through the U.N. in dealing with Iraq showed (17 resolutions that accomplished nothing and still no willingness to enforce them when Iraq violated the resolutions), the process consumes much time.

In her speech, Sen. Clinton also said that Iran must not be allowed to have nuclear weapons. Her proposal is to gain the support of Russia and China for referring Iran to the U.N. Security Council. That falls far short of what will actually work to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear bombs.

Sen. Clinton has not yet squarely faced the real-world problems in dealing with Iran. She only criticizes those who do.

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