In the past few days, I have seen numerous social media posts challenging or questioning the authenticity of a quote attributed by Stephen Lendman to Hilary Clinton in several of his articles about Hilary views on Iran, including one published by the Global Research (Centre for Research on Globalization).
Okay, the Lendman articles in question do not include a reference for the quote in which Clinton is said to have stated "If I’m the President, we will attack Iran"; but it’s not as if people cannot easily verify the quote themselves. If the sceptics are so concerned about the matter, surely it is not too much to expect them to do some basic fact checking by spending some time on a Google search?
Here is what she actually said:
"Well the question was ‘if Iran was to launch a nuclear response be, what would our response be’ and I want Iran to know that if I’m the President, we will attack Iran; and I want them to understand that because it does mean that they have to look very carefully at their society because whatever stage of development they might be in their nuclear weapons program in the next 10 years during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them. That’s a terrible thing to say but those people who run Iran need to understand that because that perhaps would deter them from doing something that would be reckless, foolish and tragic."
Now leaving aside Clinton’s bizarre conflation of numerous issues and her related misleading assumptions in this quote, when looked at in its entirety, Lendman’s use of the part he selected – especially now that Clinton is again staking a claim on the US Presidency - could well be described as misleading. On the other hand, when we consider the entirety of Clinton’s aggressive remarks about Iran since 2008, there can be no doubt that she is an extreme hawk who makes even some of the far right republican lunatics seem reasonable at times. Moreover, Lendman – like many of us – is engaged in a political process which leaves some license for colourful imputations.
That said, although I am as vociferous about criticising Clinton as anyone, I would not myself have used the quote as Mr. Lendman has without using it in its entirety. She certainly was not stating that if she becomes President, she will automatically launch a military attack on Iran, although there are many reasons for believing that she favours a military engagement with Iran.
Anyway, for those people who prefer "to hear it from the horse’s mouth", as a generous concession to the public interest, I have included the segment with this slide show of the many faces of Hilary Rodham Clinton, all of them having apparently been bought, paid for, and owned by Haim Saban at the relevant time.
Indeed, these and many other comments made by Billowry Clinton about Iran are in many ways more outrageous than is implied by the way Stephen Lendman has selectively used part of the quote. I say that because this AIPAC stooge has consistently gone out of her way to mislead the public and fabricate the misconception that the current multilateral P5+1 negotiations with Iran are about curbing an existing nuclear weapons program, when in fact even the 16 Federal Agencies comprising the US security apparatus have consistently advised Congress since well before Clinton’s opportunistic 2008 ABC interview that Iran has no nuclear weapons program, has not made a decision to start such a program at any time in the future, would certainly be "caught out" well before it could develop a nuclear weapon should it at any time decide to "break out."
The concern being expressed, even by nutjobs like Bibi Netanyahu, is not that Iran has a nuclear weapons program but rather that by exercising its right under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to develop a peaceful nuclear energy program, Iran could develop know how which would help with a nuclear weapons program should it ever decide to start one. For that reason, Netanyahu coined the ridiculous term "nuclear threshold state" to describe an Iran which by developing a nuclear energy program would develop a technical capacity which might one day be used in a weapons program. But nobody, not even Netanyahu, Clinton, and the lunatics in the GOP seriously contend that Iran has a nuclear weapons program, except of course when they are making statements to mislead the public as Clinton was doing on the on ABC's Good Morning America program in 2008.
I trust that this sheds some light on a matter which has deliberately been kept dark by the US political establishment.