Goodnight, Iran


Hope I’m not jinxing anything, but here it is almost two weeks since Hillary Clinton threatened to nuke Iran, and both countries are still standing.

Hard to believe that Clinton’s vow to exterminate Iran hasn’t gotten more play. Everybody got exercised when Iran’s crackpot leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was quoted as saying that he wanted to make Israel disappear.

Why not the same outrage about Hillary?

Even grammarians haven’t taken her to task for saying that if Iran nuked Israel, she would attack Iran, adding, “We would be able to totally obliterate them.” (See it here.)

“Obliterate”: “to remove or destroy all traces of; do away with; destroy completely.”

Clinton would go beyond that to “totally obliterate” Iran? Whew.

At least the Boston Globe has already made the comparison of Hillary to Dr. Strangelove.

The Globe made an important point:

This foolish and dangerous threat was muted in domestic media coverage. But it reverberated in headlines around the world.

Barack Obama‘s campaign got everything mixed up in its response to Hillary’s nuke threat. Here’s what Obama said:

“It’s not the language that we need right now, and I think it’s language that’s reflective of George Bush.”

Wrong. She’s more like Dick Cheney.

In fact, she really is a lot like Cheney, except that he had more experience. To deal with energy problems, Cheney called in oil executives early in the Bush administration and met with them secretly and then refused to release info about those meetings.

That was no different from Hillary’s decision early in the Clinton administration to call in health-care executives for private meetings. Hillary then refused to release info about those meetings.

In Hillary’s case, she’s threatening Iran because she clearly wants to nail down as much money from wealthy Jewish donors as she can in her fight with Obama.

Better for her to bomb in her campaign than to bomb anywhere else.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 5, 2008

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