Iran The Main Topic In Iowa
by Jeff Dinelli
First came Dick Cheney's ominous statement yesterday: "Our country, and the entire international community, cannot stand by as a terror-supporting state fulfills its grandest ambitions," Cheney said in a speech to the Washington Institute for Near East Studies. ... .. "We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon," he said.
Then Hillary Clinton sent out a direct mail note explaining her vote on the infamous Kyl-Lieberman amendment.
Now Barack Obama is sending out a mailer attacking Hillary and bragging that he somehow opposed the amendment, even though he didn't bother to show up and vote (thanks to Taylor Marsh): "While others went along, Obama opposed Bush's war plans."
"Barack Obama is the ONLY major candidate for president to oppose both the Iraq War from the very start and the Senate amendment that raises the risk of war with Iran."
"While other Democrats voted for for the Kyl-Lieberman Amendment, Barack Obama opposed another Bush foreign policy fiasco."
"Why is this amendment so dangerous? Because George Bush and Dick Cheney could use this language to justify keeping our troops in Iraq as long as they can point to a threat from Iran. And because they could use this language to justify an attack on Iran as a part of the ongoing war in Iraq." – Barack Obama
As Marsh asks, how exactly did Obama oppose this amendment? Surely his senior Senator Dick Durbin was advising him to vote for it, as Durbin did. Was Obama afraid of making the wrong choice? Whatever reason he didn't vote, he refused to comment on it during that evening's debate as Edwards hammered Hillary on it, and didn't make an official statement until 10pm that night.
The Washington Post took a swipe at Obama Sunday: "... .. There are two important issues here: whether it is right for the United States to designate part or all of the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization, as the Bush administration is likely to do in the near future; and whether direct talks between Iran and the United States are worth pursuing. Ms. Clinton has been criticized by some on the left who contend that the terrorism designation would unncessarily raise tensions with Iran and increase the chances of war. But it turns out that Mr. Obama doesn't share this view: He, too, favors the "terrorist" designation. ... .."
Obama's in no position to make a big issue out of this vote.