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Clinton says U.S. could "totally obliterate" Iran
Yahoo. reuters.com ^ | Tue Apr 22, 1:43 PM ET | David Morgan

Posted on 04/22/2008 3:23:30 PM PDT by Grampa Dave

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080422/pl_nm/usa_politics_iran_dc&printer=1;_ylt=AgHS711vSCz6dVRGpZ.x0x0b.3QA

Clinton says U.S. could "totally obliterate" Iran By David Morgan Tue Apr 22, 1:43 PM ET

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton warned Tehran on Tuesday that if she were president, the United States could "totally obliterate" Iran in retaliation for a nuclear strike against Israel.

On the day of a crucial vote in her nomination battle against fellow Democrat Barack Obama, the New York senator said she wanted to make clear to Tehran what she was prepared to do as president in hopes that this warning would deter any Iranian nuclear attack against the Jewish state.

"I want the Iranians to know that if I'm the president, we will attack Iran (if it attacks Israel)," Clinton said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America."

"In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them," she said.

"That's a terrible thing to say but those people who run Iran need to understand that because that perhaps will deter them from doing something that would be reckless, foolish and tragic," Clinton said.

Her comments appeared harder than a week ago, when during a presidential debate she promised "massive retaliation" against any Iranian attack on Israel.

Obama rejected Clinton's rhetoric as saber rattling on a day when Pennsylvania Democrats voted in a party primary contest that could help decide which Democrat will face Republican John McCain for the White House in the November general election.

"One of the things that we've seen over the last several years is a bunch of talk using words like 'obliterate,"' Obama, an Illinois senator, said in a separate ABC interview. "It doesn't actually produce good results. And so I'm not interested in saber rattling."

CONTRADICTION ACCUSATION

The Obama campaign also issued a statement saying Clinton was contradicting her remarks at an August debate, where Obama spoke in favor of taking unilateral military action in Pakistan if the United States had actionable intelligence on the whereabouts of senior al Qaeda members.

Clinton had said she did not believe "people running for president should engage in hypotheticals" and called it a mistake "to telegraph" what U.S. strategy might be at a time of unrest inside Pakistan.

At a Tuesday news conference in the Philadelphia suburb of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, Clinton said the question of Iran merited hypothetical discussion because a nuclear Tehran would require straightforward Cold War-style deterrence. "It's a question not of what might be on or off the table," she said.

Meanwhile, Obama said he would respond "forcefully and swiftly" to an Iranian attack against Israel or any other U.S. ally, whether conventional or nuclear.

Iran, which Washington and its allies charge is seeking nuclear arms, has voiced war-like rhetoric in recent years amid speculation its nuclear facilities could face U.S. or Israeli military action.

Tehran denies it is trying to acquire nuclear weapons and says it needs nuclear technology to generate electricity.

Israel is widely believed to have nuclear weapons but, as part of a policy of "strategic ambiguity," has not confirmed or denied the nature of its arsenal.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad outraged the international community in 2005 by saying "Israel should be wiped off the map." A week ago, a senior Iranian army commander said Iran would "eliminate" Israel in response to any military attack from the Jewish state.

(Additional reporting by Jeff Mason in Conshohocken; Editing by Eric Walsh and Bill Trott)


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bombiran; clintoon; iran; israel; isreal; learn2postaurl; nukes; obliterateiran
Before these two are through with each other, they might make McCain look like the peace candidate.
1 posted on 04/22/2008 3:23:31 PM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Grampa Dave
"Clinton says U.S. could "totally obliterate" Iran"

No shit Hillary, now crawl back under your rock where you belong.
2 posted on 04/22/2008 3:26:06 PM PDT by infantrywhooah
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To: Grampa Dave
....Hillary Clinton warned Tehran on Tuesday that if she were president, the United States COULD "totally obliterate" Iran in retaliation for a nuclear strike against Israel.

the beast said 'could' NOT would.

3 posted on 04/22/2008 3:26:39 PM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: Grampa Dave
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton warned Tehran on Tuesday that if she were president, the United States could "totally obliterate" Iran in retaliation for a nuclear strike against Israel.

Or we could pow-wow with the UN and decide to sanction Iran with some very harsh words.

4 posted on 04/22/2008 3:27:04 PM PDT by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: george76; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Travis McGee; PhilDragoo
Hey Oddjobarabbba! There will not be any 150 year war if I become President!


5 posted on 04/22/2008 3:27:05 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: Always Right

Yep, she could fly Bubba Bill over to bring back sacks of money for not bombing Iran.


6 posted on 04/22/2008 3:28:47 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: Grampa Dave

> Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton warned Tehran on Tuesday that if she were president, the United States could “totally obliterate” Iran in retaliation for a nuclear strike against Israel.

I guess we know who wears the pants in the Clinton family! While her husband Bill was busy being a War Wimp, Hillary was busy joining the Marines and the Army, and eventually became a Secret Seal, learning how to dodge sniper fire and hunt ducks...

You should be thankful to have the opportunity to vote in someone with all of Hillary’s warfighting experience, rather than McCain, who only managed to get shot down over enemy territory! Hillary is an experienced hand at wiping countries out, so Iran had better take notice!


7 posted on 04/22/2008 3:29:28 PM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: kingattax

Rush played the tape today.
At the beginning of the statement, she said WOULD and later on, she said COULD.

So, she woud before she voted could ;)


8 posted on 04/22/2008 3:29:31 PM PDT by WorkerbeeCitizen (I get a GrandSon - Down with big brother.)
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To: Grampa Dave

Well, at least one of the three candidates has some balls. Now, if we can just move that up to stop screwing with Iraq or we’ll nuke you.


9 posted on 04/22/2008 3:29:33 PM PDT by purpleraine
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To: kingattax

Define is, could, and would?


10 posted on 04/22/2008 3:29:44 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: infantrywhooah

“Slither” back under her rock might be a better descriptive word.


11 posted on 04/22/2008 3:30:50 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: purpleraine

Amazing how the rats have warned GW not to even consider doing anything to Iran, and she says this and has no retalitation from her party of peaceniks.


12 posted on 04/22/2008 3:32:30 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: infantrywhooah

We could also lower taxes, quit gifting the wealth of our nation to so many people, stop illegal immigration...

We could do a lot of things Hillary, and the whole world knows you won’t. So butten it, you sap.


13 posted on 04/22/2008 3:32:31 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (It doesn't matter he isn't conservative. Now it doesn't matter if it's not Constitutional.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

That is the best satire and tongue in cheek post of the day.

BOL!


14 posted on 04/22/2008 3:33:27 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: Grampa Dave

Is this a “for the war before she was against the war” part two?


15 posted on 04/22/2008 3:35:59 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn
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To: Grampa Dave
well....we all know she isn't afraid to kill people. Just how many confirmed kills does McCain have?
16 posted on 04/22/2008 3:39:52 PM PDT by txroadkill (Liberals believe that the only oppressed people in Cuba are the terrorist in GitMo)
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To: kingattax
the beast said 'could' NOT would.

Call the use of "could" preemptive foreshadowing.

There's another thread around here on the subject. IMHO the Clintons are still ticked that 9-11 happened on W's watch not theirs - so instead of a war-driven legacy they have Monica. They realize that, with another shot at a term or two in the WH, in order to have a "true" legacy they need to have a war. And when President Hillary! lets fly with the Tridents**, she'll be able to refer back to this speech and say "see, I told you I was going to do this and was still elected - I have a mandate".

**ok, that was mainly rhetorical overkill. I don't think that she'd be dumb enough to be the second person in history to go nuclear in anger. Given the 30,000lb munitions currently in development and all the other goodies that the US has in its military stockpile, Iran can be reduced to a stone-age, migratory economy using conventional weapons in pretty short order.
17 posted on 04/22/2008 3:40:31 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: mtbopfuyn

More than likely you are right. We just need some flip flops and a couple of waffles to go with this story.


18 posted on 04/22/2008 3:41:07 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: Grampa Dave

We shouldn’t need to do that, what we do need to do is obliterate their nuke weapons program.


19 posted on 04/22/2008 3:41:28 PM PDT by LowTaxesEqualProsperity
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To: txroadkill

John took out a few of our planes.


20 posted on 04/22/2008 3:42:11 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: Grampa Dave; DieHard the Hunter

Good one,...I had to read it a second time...ROFL!


21 posted on 04/22/2008 3:43:49 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: tanknetter

Get Hillary tanked up on Crown Royal and there’s no telling what she’ll do.


22 posted on 04/22/2008 3:44:19 PM PDT by Argus (Obama: All turban and no goats.)
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To: LowTaxesEqualProsperity

Take out their nuke programs, missile sights and Military Command Centers and leave most of the civilians alone.


23 posted on 04/22/2008 3:45:08 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: Grampa Dave
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton warned Tehran on Tuesday that if she were president, the United States could "totally obliterate" Iran in retaliation for a nuclear strike against Israel.

TRANSLATION: "AFTER we allow you to develop nuclear weapons, we will destroy you AFTER you destroy Israel. If you decide to destroy New York City instead of Israel, then you'll REALLY be in trouble!"

Note to Hillary: Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.) is a reliable deterrent only against relatively rational people such as Nikita Khrushchev. It does not work as well with a religious nut-job that believes that suicide-martyrdom wins him Eternity in Paradise.

24 posted on 04/22/2008 3:45:21 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: Grampa Dave

Yep, five total.


25 posted on 04/22/2008 3:48:28 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: txroadkill

ROFL....now that settles....!


26 posted on 04/22/2008 3:48:29 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Grampa Dave

27 posted on 04/22/2008 3:49:53 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Grampa Dave
Define is, could, and would?

Could = mebbe
Would = might
Is = too hard, gives me brain cramps.

28 posted on 04/22/2008 3:52:47 PM PDT by Don Carlos (No 8 Do)
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To: Grampa Dave
Let me guess: She'll "pardon them to death" like they did to those PR Farc terrorists in NY?
29 posted on 04/22/2008 4:02:41 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Grampa Dave

Ah, yes, the Jewish vote. I don’t know why they keep falling for it. This is the kind of moment where I think “I hate politics”.


30 posted on 04/22/2008 4:14:13 PM PDT by Codename - Ron Benjamin (Pre-emptive, multi-tasking, interrupt control)
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To: Grampa Dave
Mommy Liberty
31 posted on 04/22/2008 4:14:37 PM PDT by Dagny&Hank
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To: All

Wake up Hillary. Total obliteration matters not one whit to those psychos, as long as there are no Jews around to watch.


32 posted on 04/22/2008 4:18:06 PM PDT by KarinG1 (Opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not necessarily represent those of sane people.)
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To: Grampa Dave

She’s coming about so that she can distinguish herself from Obama. Some voters are hungry for tough talk on Iran. I know I am, even though I could never vote for her. I’d like to hear more of it from all three of them.


33 posted on 04/22/2008 6:01:18 PM PDT by purpleraine
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To: Grampa Dave

I am sure Iran is quaking in their sandals or whatever those mullas wear.


34 posted on 04/22/2008 6:04:24 PM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Polybius; All

Thanks to everyone for their great comments.

As the results rolled in last night via Fox News, it became obvious that $inator Shrill made the bomb Iran comments for the Jino Democrats in the Philly area. It worked for her.

If the Jino Dems really want to protect Israel, they will not elect either $inator Shrill or Hussein ObamaSnob.


35 posted on 04/23/2008 6:26:44 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: Grampa Dave
Or slide (or slime) like the snail she is.
36 posted on 04/23/2008 3:13:14 PM PDT by infantrywhooah
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