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Dems "Debate" Iran & Iraq
"Iran May Be Closer To Nukes Than Thought"....that's
the latest headline from CBS News....excerpts from the story:
has learned that a new intelligence report says Iran has overcome
technical difficulties in enriching uranium and could have enough
bomb-grade material for a single nuclear weapon in less than three
years....Although U.S. intelligence still considers an Iranian nuclear
weapon by 2010 as a worst-case scenario, Pentagon officials say the new
report narrows the window in which Israel might launch a preemptive
strike against Iran, as it did in 1981 against an Iraqi nuclear
reactor. Israel is the country most threatened by the prospect of an
Iranian nuclear weapon. Former CIA officer Bruce Riedel says this latest intelligence would increase the chances of an Israeli
strike launched with American-built warplanes. 'The Israelis have long
believed that Iran is closer than U.S. intelligence believes it is,'
Riedel says. 'If they now hear that the Americans think it's getting
closer as well, it puts pressure on Israel to take its own
....in the first Democratic presidential debate -- held last night in South Carolina -- Illinois Senator Barack Obama told a nationwide audience that
"Iran possessing nuclear weapons will be a major threat to us and to
the region"....however, he all but ruled out using military force to
neutralize the threat as President, saying pointedly: "I think it would
be a profound mistake for us to initiate a war with Iran."....Obama was
responding to sharp criticism from Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich.... according to the Associated Press,
Kucinich "challenged Obama at one point for once having said all
options were on the table with respect to Iran," saying: "You're
setting the stage for another war"....all of the Democratic candidates said they opposed President Bush's Iraq policy and supported an immediate withdrawal....
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said: "The first day I would get us out of Iraq by diplomacy"....
New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton said: If this president does not get us out of Iraq, when I am
president, I will"
....Senator Obama said: "I am proud that I opposed
this war from the start," which the AP noted was "a jab at those on the
stage who voted to authorize the invasion"....
Delaware Senator Joe Biden said: "The president has a fundamentally flawed policy. The president
should start off by not vetoing the legislation he says he will
veto".....he was referring to the
House and Senate bill to authorize more funding for the troops in Iraq
along with a specific timetable requiring U.S. forces to begin
withdrawing from Iraq on July 1st and effectively surrendering the war
to the radical Islamic jihadists.....
President Bush has, in fact, vowed to veto such legislation....why?....in part because Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, says such a hasty withdrawal would be a disaster: “My
sense is that there would be an increase in sectarian violence, a
resumption of sectarian violence, were the presence of our forces and
Iraqi forces at that time to be reduced”....Petraeus said
in Washington this week that sectarian killings in Iraq are down by
two-thirds from their levels in January since beginning to implement
the "surge" strategy, but that the effort is a "work in progress" that
needs more time and will to succeed....
Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd told fellow Democrats that President Bush is pursuing a "failed policy"....according to Reuters,
"Clinton, who leads national polls in the Democratic race, refused
again to apologize for her 2002 vote authorizing the war or call it a
mistake. The former first lady's stance has angered some Democratic
activists. The other Democratic candidates who voted for the 2002
resolution, including former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and Sens.
Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Joseph Biden of Delaware, have called
their votes a mistake....
"Senator Clinton and anyone else who voted for
this war has to search themselves and decide whether they believe
they've voted the right way. If so, they can support their vote," said North Carolina Senator John Edwards. "If they believe they didn't, I think it's important to be straightforward and honest." CRO
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