Friday, January 20, 2006

Moose Mind Meld

The Moose has a mind meld with Hillary.

While the Moose is certainly not suggesting a cause-effect, Senator Clinton followed advice given here Wednesday and delivered an important speech that addressed the Iran crisis, Hillary stated,

"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. I don't believe you face threats like Iran or North Korea by outsourcing it to others and standing on the sidelines. But let's be clear about the threat we face now: A nuclear Iran is a danger to Israel, to its neighbors and beyond. The regime's pro-terrorist, anti-American and anti-Israel rhetoric only underscores the urgency of the threat it poses. U.S. policy must be clear and unequivocal. We cannot and should not - must not - permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons. In order to prevent that from occurring, we must have more support vigorously and publicly expressed by China and Russia, and we must move as quickly as feasible for sanctions in the United Nations. And we cannot take any option off the table in sending a clear message to the current leadership of Iran - that they will not be permitted to acquire nuclear weapons."

The key phrases are deriding "outsourcing" and that Hillary will not "take any option off the table." The Moose remains skeptical that the UN or the EU-3, much less the Russians and the Chinese ,will take serious action against the Iranians. And the concern is that the Iranians will delay the day of reckoning with false gestures of accommodation. Moreover, the mullahs may not fear the toughest of sanctions, even if they were imposed - they will willingly punish their people just as Saddam did. In any event, any non-military resolution of this crisis is impossible without taking the military option off the table.

Senator Clinton is not alone among those Democrats who are urging tough action against Iran. Senators Bayh and Bill Nelson have also taken exemplary positions. Maybe, just maybe, the Democratic National Chairman can establish that his dovishness is limited to Iraq.

This is a moment for a united front in the Democratic Party for multi-lateral action, if possible, but unilateral action, including military options, if necessary, against the growing Iranian nuclear threat.
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