First, if you missed ABCs inane, reality-show style assault, directed primarily at Sen. Barack Obama, it went a little like this:
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History was on tap at the Philly debate, but in a strange and twisted fashion. Charlie Gibson in an attempt to goad the candidates to declare - or not declare - that each would choose the other as vice president asked this potentially divisive question by hiding behind the U.S. Constitution, "Just to quote from the Constitution again," Gibson said, "In every case," Article Two, Section One, "after the choice of the president, the person having the greatest number of votes of the electors shall be vice president."
Remarkably, Charlie couldn’t muster up the wherewithal to bring up the issue that he, himself, reported on just the week before on ABC news - the Bush administration’s meetings on and authorization of torture. This despite the far more recognized 8th amendment to the Constitution that prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.
"Debate" moderator, George Stephanopoulos and candidates Obama and Clinton failed to recall as well that founding father Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington before him, warned us about "entangling alliances."
Independence Hall (photo: C. Biren-Wright)
Ignoring that and the latest National Intelligence Estimate that concluded Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program back in 2003, the former Bill Clinton staffer moved smoothly from the statement "Iran continues to pursue a nuclear option" to "Those weapons, if they got them, would probably pose the greatest threat to Israel."
He continued stating, "During the Cold War, it was the United States policy to extend deterrence to our NATO allies. An attack on Great Britain would be treated as if it were an attack on the United States." He then asked Senator Obama, "Should it be U.S. policy now to treat an Iranian attack on Israel as if it were an attack on the United States?"
This is where True Majority and others concerned about a U.S. attack on Iran should sit up and take note. Obama who continues to take heat for once saying in a debate that he would be willing to meet with Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, set diplomacy aside Wednesday night at the mention of Israel. Clinton took it a step farther.
Senator Obama, after explaining that one of our top priorities "should be to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of Iranians," went on to state "Now, my belief is that they should also know that I will take no options off the table when it comes to preventing them from using nuclear weapons or obtaining nuclear weapons, and that would include any threats directed at Israel or any of our allies in the region."
Well, hit the brakes and back up the IranMobile.
Not only is Senator Obama restating the troublesome "all options are on the table" comment, he speaks of it as a preventative measure.
From the NotAnotherWar.org FAQ sheet, "The president just said "all options are on the table." What’s wrong with keeping all our options open? Response: If the government of Iran feels that Washington is bent on attacking their country, then what incentive do they have to open up diplomatic channels. Especially, when they do not believe this country will deal in good faith."