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Hillary: Bush not cowboy enough on Iran

Posted by Richard on January 20, 2006

In the foreign policy arena, the Democrats have now surpassed silly and moved right on to pathetic. Remember how unhappy the Dems were in the run-up to the Iraq invasion because the U.S. took a go-it-alone, cowboy approach and ignored the efforts of Germany and France to stay our hand?

Sen. Hillary Clinton has now criticized U.S. policy on Iran for failing to take a go-it-alone, cowboy approach and allowing Germany and France to stay our hand (emphasis added):

"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," Ms. Clinton said, according to a transcript of the speech published by The Daily Princetonian. "I don’t believe you face threats like Iran or North Korea by outsourcing it to others and standing on the sidelines."

The Bush administration has long favored sanctions, but had deferred action at the request of the European nations, who convinced Iran in 2003 to suspend its nuclear program. Mr. Bush last week said that he would pursue a vigorous diplomatic push to get as many countries as possible on board for possible United Nations action. 

Confronted with the danger of an Iraq with WMDs, the U.S. acted too unilaterally (despite — what was it? — 35 or 40 allies) because we didn’t defer to Germany and France. Confronted with the danger of an Iran with WMDs, we didn’t act unilaterally enough — because we deferred to that same Germany and France.

At this point, I really don’t think it matters a whit what the Bush administration does or says. This is opposition for opposition’s sake. Rumsfeld could announce tomorrow that he’s endorsing and implementing the Murtha plan, and Democrats would line up to denounce it.

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One Response to “Hillary: Bush not cowboy enough on Iran”

  1. Jan from Denver said

    I saw Hillary on Fox News saying those very words with that look of smug superiority that she does so well. I laughed out loud. I tell you, the end times must be here!

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