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Thursday, July 23, 2009


Clinton on Iran - the lie continues

Hillary Clinton is in trouble (with the Israelis and their supporters) for suggesting that the U.S. would offer a "defense umbrella" to Iran's neighbors if Iran develops a nuclear weapon. In trouble because, heretofore, both she and Obama have been adamant that they would never allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon in the first place.

But the real problem with her remarks is that, continuing a long string of remarks by both herself and President Obama, she repeated the big lie on Iran:

"They won't be able to intimidate and dominate as they apparently believe they can once they have a nuclear weapon."
Actually there are two distinct lies in that statement. One is the "once they have" part, which repeats the lie that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, and will have one unless "we" stop them. The other is the more subtle, but equally insidious, claim that Iran "believes" that they can "intimidate and dominate" their neighbors by having a nuclear weapon. There isn't a single statement by any Iranian leader that Clinton or anyone else can point to to substantiate that claim. The "as they apparently believe" statement is simply a fabrication. And, no doubt, a projection as well. Because, to point out the obvious, it is the U.S. and Israel which routinely attempt to "intimidate and dominate" the nations of the region using their nuclear capability, so naturally they assume that Iran wishes to follow the same path.

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