Watching the debate in Philadelphia, I was struck by the saber rattling of Senator Clinton in a response to a question about Iran. These words rang out: “massive retaliation” and “umbrella of deterrence.”
I think that we should be looking to create an umbrella of deterrence that goes much further than just Israel. Of course I would make it clear to the Iranians that an attack on Israel would incur massive retaliation from the United States, but I would do the same with other countries in the region.
You know, we are at a very dangerous point with Iran.
I found this position startling, especially in connection to Clinton’s rightward leanings as illustrated by her unflinching support for Kyl/Lieberman.
Then I saw this segment on Olbermann’s Countdown featuring Rachel Maddows. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21…
Ms.Maddow wondered; “Why would something like this advance American interests?”
Later stating; “This is a huge reorientation of America’s foreign policy and America’s role in the world.”
I have put them in full context below the fold.