Hillary Clinton: “Iran Is Heading Towards Military Dictatorship”
Secretary of State Clinton made this comment while traveling in the Gulf region to drum up support for tough new international sanctions on Iran over the country’s nuclear program.
“We see the government of Iran, the Supreme Leader, the President, the parliament is being supplanted and Iran is heading towards military dictatorship,” said Clinton.
The Secretary of State comment was clearly targeted at the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guard. By this rhetoric on Iran, and especially by using the term “military dictatorship”, Secretary Of State Clinton might not be helping a diplomatic solution in regard to the Iranian nuclear situation. It sounded more like giving the impression that the United States was still seriously considering military options favored by the Likud in Israel.
For his part Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu talked to President Medvedev in Moscow today. Netanyahu insisted that Iran’s nuclear ambitions must be halted before it could succeed in developing an atomic bomb. Netanyahu asked Medvedev to back a UN “sanction with teeth” targeting Iran’s oil and gas industries. Russia is expected to support tougher stance on Iran in the context of a United Nations Security Council resolution. However, the biggest question for a UN resolution to pass is China’s position.
Vice President Biden told “Meet The Press” on Sunday that he hoped China will support tougher sanctions on Tehran.
“We already have the support of everyone from Russia to Europe, and I believe we could also garner China’s support to isolate Iran,” said Biden on “Meet The Press”.
Meanwhile, in this complex diplomatic and military options game, Chairman of The Joint Chief of Staff Admiral Mullen is putting pressure on Israel to show restrain. During a trip to Israel on Sunday, Admiral Mullen told the Israeli press in a brief news conference that he was concerned about the unintended consequences of a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Mullen said that if a regional military confrontation were to break out following a strike by Israel on Iran it “Would be a big, big, big problem for all of us, and I worry a great deal about the unintended consequences of the strike,” said Mullen.
It seems that Admiral Mullen is speaking like a diplomat while Secretary Clinton is drumming for military actions in this curious reverse role situation. Hopefully Admiral Mullen will succeed in calming down the Israelis, and perhaps at the same time Hillary Clinton.
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