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The Feckless Senator Clinton: “We haven’t even tried.”

Thursday, September 27, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

We are watching the return of the “San Francisco Democrats,” the blame-America-first Democrats.’s attack on General Petraeus was just the most obvious manifestation of the radicalism that has seized the Democrats from top to bottom.  From last night’s Democratic debate, here is Senator Clinton blaming the U.S. for the Iranian regime’s rush towards nuclear weapons:

MR. RUSSERT: Senator Clinton, in 1981 the Israelis took out a nuclear reactor in Iraq. On September 6th, to the best of our information, Israel attacked Syria because there was suspicion that perhaps North Korea had put some nuclear materials in Syria.

If Israel concluded that Iran’s nuclear capability threatened Israel’s security, would Israel be justified in launching an attack on Iran?

SENATOR CLINTON: Tim, I think that’s one of those hypotheticals that —

MR. RUSSERT: It is not a hypothetical, Senator. It’s real life.

SENATOR CLINTON: — that is better not addressed at this time.

MR. RUSSERT: It’s real —

SENATOR CLINTON: What is real life is what apparently happened in Syria, so let’s take that one step at a time.

MR. RUSSERT: But my question —

SENATOR CLINTON: I know what the question is.

MR. RUSSERT: The question is —

SENATOR CLINTON: But I think it’s important to lay out what we know about Syria.

MR. RUSSERT: Would Israel — my question is —

SEN. CLINTON: Because we don’t have as much information as we wish we did. But what we think we know is that with North Korean help, both financial and technical and material, the Syrians apparently were putting together, and perhaps over some period of years, a Nuclear facility, and the Israelis took it out. I strongly support that.

We don’t have any more information than what I have just described. It is highly classified; it is not being shared. But I don’t want to go a step further and talk about what might or might not happen down the road with Iran .

MR. RUSSERT: My question was —

SEN. CLINTON: But I think it is fair to say what happened in Syria , so far as we know, I support.

MR. RUSSERT: My question is, would the Israelis be justified if they felt their security was being threatened by the presence of a nuclear presence in Iran , and they decided to take military action? Would they be justified?

SENATOR CLINTON: Well, Tim, I’m not going to answer that because what I understand is that —

(UNKNOWN). : I’ll answer —

SENATOR CLINTON: — there was — there was evidence — (interrupted by laughter). Well, let me just finish — (continued laughter, applause) — and then Mike and Dennis can answer.

But there was evidence of a North Korea freighter coming in with supplies. There was intelligence and other kinds of verification. So I don’t think it’s a question of if they feel it. That is a much higher standard of proof. Apparently, it was met with respect to Syria .

MR. RUSSERT: You will all be running against a Republican opponent, perhaps Rudy Giuliani. This is what he said. ” Iran is not going to be allowed to build a nuclear power. If they get to a point where they’re going to become a nuclear power, we will prevent them; we will set them back eight to 10 years. That is not said as a threat; that should be said as a promise.”

Would you make a promise as a potential commander in chief that you will not allow Iran to become a nuclear power and will use any means to stop it?

SENATOR CLINTON: Well, what I have said is that I will do everything I can to prevent Iran from becoming an nuclear power, including the use of diplomacy, the use of economic sanctions, opening up direct talks. We haven’t even tried. That’s what is so discouraging about this. So then you have the Republican candidates on the other side jumping to the kind of statements that you just read to us. We need a concerted, comprehensive strategy to deal with Iran . We haven’t had it. We need it. And I will provide it.

From Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick’s famous 1984 speech about the San Francisco Democrats:

But then, somehow, [the San Francisco Democrats] always blame America first.

When our Marines, sent to Lebanon on a multinational peacekeeping mission with the consent of the United States Congress, were murdered in their sleep, the “blame America first crowd” didn’t blame the terrorists who murdered the Marines, they blamed the United States.

But then, they always blame America first.

When the Soviet Union walked out of arms control negotiations, and refused even to discuss the issues, the San Francisco Democrats didn’t blame Soviet intransigence. They blamed the United States.

But then, they always blame America first.

When Marxist dictators shoot their way to power in Central America, the San Francisco Democrats don’t blame the guerrillas and their Soviet allies, they blame United States policies of 100 years ago.

But then, they always blame America first.

The American people know better.

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