Well, isn’t that just peachy keen. It’s one thing for a politician to drop a little ill-advised over-the-top saber rattling in the heat of political combat. It’s quite another for her to later assert that she meant every word.
Hillary Clinton said Sunday she had no regrets about vowing to obliterate Iran if it used a nuclear bomb on Israel, but Barack Obama accused her of George W. Bush-style “bluster.”
The Democratic White House rivals locked horns over the Islamic republic on separate television shows, two days before their next nominating showdowns in Indiana and North Carolina.
Clinton was asked on ABC News whether she had any regrets about threatening to “totally obliterate” Iran if it used nuclear weapons against Israel, which prompted Tehran to complain to the United Nations.
“Why would I have any regrets? I am asked a question about what I would do if Iran attacked our ally, a country that many of us have a great deal of, you know, connection with and feeling for,” Clinton said.
“I think we have to be very clear about what we would do,” Clinton said. “I don’t think it is time to equivocate about what we would do.
“I sure want to make it abundantly clear to them that they would face a tremendous cost if they did such a thing.”
Let’s check out the definition of obliterate, shall we? Per the friendly folks at Answers.com: “To do away with completely so as to leave no trace.”
That kind of sounds like the wholesale slaughtering of civilians, doesn’t it? Call me a wimp, but somehow that’s not the kind of language I like having a would-be president throw around for political gain.
But, on the other hand, at least she’ll save us a quarter a day in gas costs during the summer.