THE PLANK JULY 26, 2009
Though he doesn't see the perfect harmony between Hillary and Obama that has been advertised, Jim Hoagland doesn't think Hillary's "nuclear umbrella" quote was off-message, and adds this interesting nugget:
Israeli politicians immediately portrayed Clinton's remarks in Thailand
as a weakening of the U.S. stance on Iran by suggesting that the Obama
administration is looking at scenarios for living with a nuclear-armed
That goes too far. The president believes that Iran is developing a
nuclear-weapons capability through its current U.N.-opposed uranium
enrichment program, a senior official told me this month, and he will
not accept Iran achieving the ability to make a bomb quickly from the
stockpile it is accumulating.
Key European nations -- probably including Russia and Germany -- now
believe the world will have to live with such an Iranian capability
rather than take military action or impose harsh sanctions. That is a
fault line far more important than any turf battles in Washington.