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Obama and Iran: the Clinton dilemma : Comments

By Emma White, published 19/1/2009

One complication which could frustrate just how Barack Obama deals with Iranís nuclear ambitions is Hillary Clinton

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Maybe Obama, dare I say it, realised Hillary was right, that his comments were naive. With Hillary in the job he gets the best of both worlds. Or perhaps she will have to do what she is told, the world needs the Obama breath of fresh air.

Either way here's hoping one of them gets it right.
Posted by Louie, Monday, 19 January 2009 9:28:30 AM
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Give cooperation a chance Ė that would be quite a change, and worth a try.
But there is one aspect, throughout the Middle East, where cooperation needs to be lessened: that of cooperation between men and women to produce more than two children per couple.
Until that excess production ceases, there is no hope Ė whatever other necessary action takes place.
Posted by colinsett, Monday, 19 January 2009 11:37:55 AM
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Louie could be right it stands to reason but also I think Hillary's rhetoric is partially as a result of the need to pander to the American voting public. They like the tough approach and anyone but Obama would be eviscerated for taking the 'let's talk' approach the Republicans would see to that. It is important to remember that in creating US foreign policy one must first satiate the US public.
Also I think that a nuclear armed Iran is a western media beat-up. The Ayatollah said it is against the Islamic faith to possess that kind of weapon so I really do believe that won't happen.
That being said I think that talking is the most appropriate course of action and that Hillary will cede to Obama's edict on that because she has to if she ever wants to be president herself. She will not get anywhere by butting heads with Saint Obama. That and he could simply fire her, she does after all work for him.
Since Hillary was named as Secretary of State designate they have had very cordial relations and they seem to be working together well. I have hope and hope is Obama's buzz word.
Posted by Rebecca 23, Monday, 19 January 2009 11:48:02 AM
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The real question...that only time itself will answer...is who did the American people really vote in as their incoming Secretary of State -Hillary or Bill Clinton?. Getting one free is no consolation.

Hillary will need to be very mindful that she was not chosen to be the successor to President Bush, and thus, she must represent the Obama outlook to the world - not her own.

If she's unable to do this she must be removed -and very quickly.

There need to be talks between Teheran and Washington in the same way as there must be talks between Hamas and Washington. Tel Aviv cannot continue to dictate US foreign policy in the Middle East.
The last minute deal arranged the outgoing Bush administration and Tel Aviv regarding stopping the flow of weapons into Gaza from Egypt..without any restriction on the flow of warplanes, missiles and bombs from the US to Israel, should not be binding on the Obama presidency.

The real lets-get-to-the-heart-of-things question should be:how much Jewish/Israeli money has gone into US politicians and which politicians has it bought?

If Iran is to be everlastingly condemned for its "wipe Israel off the map" remark, so too must the wider world constantly remember that it was Hillary Clinton who said that if she were President she'd "totally obliterate" Iran.Obama needs to keep her on a very short,tight leash...and ensure that when she's travelling abroad on his business, she's not got Bill sitting' alongside her, calling the shots.

Brian Haill
Posted by Sydney, Monday, 19 January 2009 11:57:09 AM
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"A new ERA (m.e.) of cooperation' between Iran and the U.S..
If Obama will be so politically stupid to go for such a solicitously dreamy cooperation, he will be building a mountain of failures on the molehill of failures of the Bush administration.

To even think of such cooperation, least of all suggest one, between the APOCALYPTIC mullahs and the U.S. shows how disconnected Ms White is from reality as well as how bankrupt she is in strategic thinking.

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Posted by Themistocles, Monday, 19 January 2009 12:50:03 PM
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The chances of a rapprochement between the US and Iran are slight so long as the corrupt Mullahs remain in power. They need enemies.

Obama's picture has already been burned in the streets of Tehran.

See: http://uk.reuters.com/article/UKNews1/idUKTRE50C4IQ20090113

"Pictures obtained by Reuters showed the president-elect's image laid on the road for cars to drive over it, and other images showed demonstrators burning the Obama poster."

I guess the Iranians wanted to be first off the mark. I understand that competition for this sort of thing is fierce in the Muslim world.

But guess what? I think Obama will keep his cool. He won't take the bait. He will behave like an adult. That is the only way to deal with corrupt Mullahs. Donít enter their mad world.
Posted by stevenlmeyer, Monday, 19 January 2009 2:10:34 PM
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