Friday, June 26, 2009

The Democrats Are Neocons

Who's the Bigger Hawk, George or Hillary?
by Joshua Frank

There aren't many elected officials in Washington who want to throw the gauntlet down on Iran more than Hillary Clinton. The New York senator believes the president has been too soft on the militant Islamic country, claiming that Bush has played down the threat of a nuclear-armed Tehran.
"I believe we lost critical time in dealing with Iran because the White House chose to downplay the threats and to outsource the negotiations," Clinton told an audience at Princeton University on Jan. 18. "I don't believe you face threats like Iran or North Korea by outsourcing it to others and standing on the sidelines. … We cannot and should not – must not – permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons," Clinton added. "In order to prevent that from occurring … we must move as quickly as feasible for sanctions in the United
On Pakistan, Democratic candidates sound like neocons
As usual, I will let other people deal with the political implications of the debate tonight, and focus solely on issues related to foreign policy. 1. A couple of days ago I wrote that "It's safe to assume the topic [of Iran] will not be absent from tomorrow's debate either, even if it is overshadowed by Pakistan." This prediction proved to be correct as far as Pakistan is concerned. Iran, however, got much less attention. Quite amazing for an issue that just two weeks ago seemed like the most pressing of all. 2. But the even more amazing thing about the Pakistan chapter of the debate was the extent to which the Democratic candidates sounded almost like ? well ?

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