Clinton threatens Iran…again

8 Aug

Even though the US is currently occupying Iraq, pummeling Afghanistan from the air, and using soulless drones to fire missiles indiscriminately into Pakistan, the Obama Administration and the hawks in his cabinet are looking for another war drum to beat. In an address to the Council on Foreign Relations yesterday, Secretary of War Hillary Clinton declared that the US will not hesitate to pre-emptively attack Iran:

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Wednesday gave Iran an ultimatum to accept the administration’s offer for engagement and join the international community or to ‘continue down a path of further isolation.’ She urged Arab states to take immediate steps to improve their ties with Israel in order to bolster Mideast peace hopes.

In a wide-ranging policy address to the Council on Foreign Relations, Clinton pledged that the U.S. will ‘not hesitate to defend our friends, our interests, and above all, our people vigorously and when necessary with the world’s strongest military.’

Near the beginning of Obama’s presidency, there were signs that his administration was taking a more diplomatic and dovish approach towards the Middle East.  He and Clinton even said that Israel needs to give up its settlements programs in its occupied territories, settlements that are not only immoral, but also illegal in nearly any resemblance of international law. Last month, however, Clinton stated that Iran risked a US attack, citing (of all things) the disastrous 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Obama did the right thing when he refused to publicly take sides in the Iranian election, but the bellicosity roaring from Obama’s White House can only lead to an unnecessary confrontation where Iranian cities would likely be left in ashes.

The Obama Administration’s about-face on Iran is typical of the War Party in Washington: bipartisan, bloodthirsty, and belligerent. Obama’s cabinet is following the same hawkish mistakes as his predecessor by continuing to demand that Iran dismantle its civilian nuclear energy generation program.

Despite what the Washington war planners constantly repeat, Iran is not an “existential threat” to the US or to Israel. Ever since Bush’s “Axis of Evil” speech seven years ago that listed Iran as a “rogue state,” the Persians have been demonized by the US media, the neocons, and the Israelis.

Iran hasn’t gone to war in the last 50 years except to defend itself from an Iraqi invasion in the 1980s in which the US sold chemical weapons to Saddam and his thugs. The US has consistently waged war for almost 60 years, has nearly 150,000 troops surrounding Iran, patrols the Persian Gulf with warships, and has thousands of WMDs. Israel has been slaughtering its neighbors for over 60 years, violates international law with fervor, and has hundreds of WMDs.

Secretary Clinton, who exactly are the “rogue states” here?

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