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Hillary Clinton Changes Tune on Iraq

Kurt Nimmo | October 23 2006

New Yorkers, get a clue. Hillary Clinton wants you over a barrel and a none too polite insertion. According to the predictably neocon Democrat friendly New York Times, Clinton “mixed presidential-like gravitas and standard talking points in the second and final debate of her re-election race … assertively challenging policy on Iraq, Iran and North Korea.”

I’ll ignore the nauseating “presidential-like gravitas” comment, too absurd for detailed comment, and move on to Iraq, Iran, and North Korea. Clinton, counting on the collective amnesia of her constituents (no, not the Israeli lobby, the people of New York), tells us “if Americans had the correct information about Saddam Husseinís military capabilities” the invasion would have never happened.

In other words, Clinton expects us to believe, if she simply had the right mix of information, she would have voted against Bush’s invasion and occupation resolution that streaked through Congress in September, 2002. Of course, as a puppet of the Israeli lobby, this would not have cut the mustard, as Hillary, above all else, wants to remain in Congress and covets the Oval Office, with Bill as the First Husband, dread the thought. In fact, Clinton apparently counts on the persistent severity of public amnesia, for it was less than a year ago she said, “I believe that standing up against someone as dangerous as Saddam was a good goal,” never mind he posed absolutely no threat to the United States and the easily bamboozled people of the state of New York.

In regard to Iran, Hillary went straight to her masters, the Jabotinsky maniacs who influence Congress and indeed the White House, thanks to the neocon cabal. “I held a series of meetings with Israeli officials [last summer], including the prime minister and the foreign minister and the head of the [Israeli Defense Force] to discuss such challenges we confront,” Clinton declared in a Hanukkah dinner speech delivered last December. “In each of these meetings, we talked at length about the dire threat posed by the potential of a nuclear-armed Iran, not only to Israel, but also to Europe and Russia. Just this week, the new president of Iran made further outrageous comments that attacked Israel’s right to exist that are simply beyond the pale of international discourse and acceptability. During my meeting with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, I was reminded vividly of the threats that Israel faces every hour of every day … It became even more clear how important it is for the United States to stand with Israel” (see Joshua Frank, Hillary Clinton, AIPAC and Iran).

“I believe that we lost critical time in dealing with Iran,” said Hillary at Princeton Universityís Woodrow Wilson School (an appropriate venue, considering). “A nuclear Iran is a danger to Israel, to its neighbors and beyond. The regimeís 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 other words, once again, as with Iraq, Hillary is ready to launch a preemptive strike in the name of Israel, even though we know for certain, as with Saddam, Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad does not possess the goods, as claimed. As long ago as last August, the Washington Post, the CIA’s favorite newspaper, reported that a “major U.S. intelligence review has projected that Iran is about a decade away from manufacturing the key ingredient for a nuclear weapon, roughly doubling the previous estimate of five years, according to government sources with firsthand knowledge of the new analysis.”

In fact, it may be decades before Iran has the ability to patch together a crude nuke, according to nuclear analysts. “It took Tehran 21 years of planning and 7 years of sporadic experiments, mostly in secret, to reach its current ability to link 164 spinning centrifuges in what nuclear experts call a cascade. Now, the analysts said, Tehran has to achieve not only consistent results around the clock for many months and years but even higher degrees of precision and mass production. It is as if Iran, having mastered a difficult musical instrument, now faces the challenge of making thousands of them and creating a very large orchestra that always plays in tune and in unison,” write William Broad, Nazila Fathi, and Joel Brinkley.

But never mind, the problem is Ahmadinejad bad-mouthed Israel, mostly over the nation’s treatment of the Palestinians, and suggested a future when the state of Israel has exited the stage of world history for something more equitable for the people of Palestine and the region. As we know, Ahmadinejad never demanded Israel be “wiped off the map” and this was in fact a deliberate mistranslation on the part of the Middle East Media Research Institute, a vile racket founded by the Israeli Meyrav Wurmser (wife of scurrilous neocon David Wurmser, who replaced Eric Edelman as Principal Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs in the Office of Vice President Dick Cheney) and Yigal Carmon, who “served” in IDF intelligence and is a former terrorism (or anti-Palestinian nationalism) adviser to Rabin and former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir. In short, the mistranslation of Ahmadinejad is another neocon dirty trick, but then, as with Iraq, this should be considered wholly predictable behavior.

As for North Korea, Clinton is engaged in a personal vendetta, due to the fact neocon Republicans blame her husband for Kim Jong “mentally” Il’s alleged possession of a nuclear weapon or two. “I would remind Senator Clinton and other Democrats critical of the Bush administration’s policies that the framework agreement her husband’s administration negotiated was a failure,” said John “Keating Five” McCain last week. Of course, McCain didn’t bother to mention that under the “Agreed Framework, North Korea agreed to halt activities at its plutonium producing nuclear reactors in Pyongyang in exchange for a relaxation of economic sanctions, a gradual move toward normalization of diplomatic relations, fuel oil deliveries, and construction of a light-water reactor to replace the graphite-moderated reactor shut down at Pyongyang,” as the Center for Defense Information describes it, and this agreement was soon chucked by the in-coming Republican Congress, who would have nothing to do with communist North Korea.

Once again, amnesia serves flawlessly.

If New Yorkers re-elect Clinton, they will be getting an ever increasing dose of neocon lite politics, the only viable stance in Washington these days, as most Democrats are neocon lite, minus the dour if mildly comical born-again rapture Christians who back Israel, no matter what the little renegade state, run by racist settlers and Jabotinskyite nut cases, do to the Palestinians, or for that matter the Lebanese and, if they have their way, millions of Iranians.

Of course, Clinton and the “progressive” Democrats, that is to say they throw in a few toaster bottom crumbs on social issues, such as abortion, are also beholden to Israel, not through blissed out rapture Christians, but the “liberal” Jewish constituency, as exemplified by AIPAC and other pro-Israel organizations.


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