The flap about nuclear weapons last week with Hillary giving Obama a public dressing down, for stating that as President, he would take the threat of nuclear weapons, 'off the table' with regard to Pakistan and Afghanistan, has added a new twist, with the report today that Hillary last year made the same categorical prouncement, with respect to Iran.
Clinton, who has tried to portray her rival as too inexperienced for the job of commander in chief, said of Obama's remarks over Pakistan: "I don't believe that any president should make any blanket statements with respect to the use or non-use of nuclear weapons."
But that's exactly what she did in an interview with Bloomberg Television in April 2006. The New York senator, a member of the Armed Services committee, was asked about reports that the Bush administration was considering military intervention, possibly even a nuclear strike, to prevent Iran from escalating its nuclear program.
"I have said publicly no option should be off the table, but I would certainly take nuclear weapons off the table," Clinton said. "This administration has been very willing to talk about using nuclear weapons in a way we haven't seen since the dawn of a nuclear age. I think that's a terrible mistake."
So the difference is Obama thinks 'it is a profound mistake" and Hillary "it is a terrible mistake"...Maybe Kevin Drum and bryanD are right after all. This is just 'shadow boxing' over who is more or less 'macho', but I think that the established media who condemned Obama for thinking outloud over this question will probably give Hillary a pass on her early condemnation of Bush, for doing exactly the same...Ah the elite media would feel, that's just Hillary in character, going for her opponent's jugular while being guilty of the same charge herself, which is one reason why Hillary is the 'The GOP's Favorite Democrat'. It's seems almost Machiavellian or Rovian, but then Hillary is always talking about a vast right-wing conspiracy? Could she being used in such a way the Republicans are anxious for her to win the nomination and then let the mud fly?..They have been pretty quiet thus far.
This is where the opinion polls are so important and for those who haven' t checked this site out, I recommend 'Rasmussen Reports.' It has polls of all manner of configurations of the races and a daily tracking presidential poll; for example the latest today has 'Giuliani Leads Thompson by 5, Clinton Leads Obama by 12'
UPDATE FRIDAY: In the interests of fairness, I'm including a pro-Hillary article I found in today's 'The Independent'...I must admit Obama for his great reputation as a orator, which preceded him has failed to make a great impression in the debates.
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