A pair of Silversteins, Richard and Ken, drew my attention this morning to Hillary Clinton’s promise to wipe out Iran if it were to strike Israel with nukes in the near future. Here’s the story from Ha’aretz:
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, facing a crucial primary in Pennsylvania Tuesday, said that if she were in the White House and Tehran attacked Israel with nuclear weapons, the United States would be able to ‘totally obliterate’ Iran.
Interviewed on ABC’s Good Morning America program, Clinton was asked 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 replied. “In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.”
Meanwhile, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said he believes Iran is “hell-bent” on acquiring nuclear weapons, but he warned in strong terms of the consequences of going to war over that.
“Another war in the Middle East is the last thing we need and, in fact, I
believe it would be disastrous on a number of levels,” he said in a speech he was delivering Monday evening at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.