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Obama's non answer on the defense of Israel

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posted on Oct, 8 2008 @ 07:54 AM
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Question to McCain & Obama from Town Hall audience: If, despite your best diplomatic efforts, Iran attacks Israel, would you be willing to commit U.S. troops in support and defense of Israel? Or would you wait on approval from the U.N. Security Council?


McCain's answer:

Let -- let -- let me say that we obviously would not wait for the United Nations Security Council. I think the realities are that both Russia and China would probably pose significant obstacles.

And our challenge right now is the Iranians continue on the path to acquiring nuclear weapons, and it's a great threat. It's not just a threat -- threat to the state of Israel. It's a threat to the stability of the entire Middle East.

If Iran acquires nuclear weapons, all the other countries will acquire them, too. The tensions will be ratcheted up.

What would you do if you were the Israelis and the president of a country says that they are -- they are determined to wipe you off the map, calls your country a stinking corpse?

Now, Sen. Obama without precondition wants to sit down and negotiate with them, without preconditions. That's what he stated, again, a matter of record.

I want to make sure that the Iranians are put enough -- that we put enough pressure on the Iranians by joining with our allies, imposing significant, tough sanctions to modify their behavior. And I think we can do that.

I think, joining with our allies and friends in a league of democracies, that we can effectively abridge their behavior, and hopefully they would abandon this quest that they are on for nuclear weapons.

But, at the end of the day, my friend, I have to tell you again, and you know what it's like to serve, and you know what it's like to sacrifice, but we can never allow a second Holocaust to take place.

Obama's non-answer:

We cannot allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon. It would be a game-changer in the region. Not only would it threaten Israel, our strongest ally in the region and one of our strongest allies in the world, but it would also create a possibility of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists.

And so it's unacceptable. And I will do everything that's required to prevent it.

And we will never take military options off the table. And it is important that we don't provide veto power to the United Nations or anyone else in acting in our interests.

It is important, though, for us to use all the tools at our disposal to prevent the scenario where we've got to make those kinds of choices.

And that's why I have consistently said that, if we can work more effectively with other countries diplomatically to tighten sanctions on Iran, if we can reduce our energy consumption through alternative energy, so that Iran has less money, if we can impose the kinds of sanctions that, say, for example, Iran right now imports gasoline, even though it's an oil-producer, because its oil infrastructure has broken down, if we can prevent them from importing the gasoline that they need and the refined petroleum products, that starts changing their cost-benefit analysis. That starts putting the squeeze on them.

Now, it is true, though, that I believe that we should have direct talks -- not just with our friends, but also with our enemies -- to deliver a tough, direct message to Iran that, if you don't change your behavior, then there will be dire consequences.

If you do change your behavior, then it is possible for you to re-join the community of nations.

Now, it may not work. But one of the things we've learned is, is that when we take that approach, whether it's in North Korea or in Iran, then we have a better chance at better outcomes.

When President Bush decided we're not going to talk to Iran, we're not going to talk to North Korea, you know what happened? Iran went from zero centrifuges to develop nuclear weapons to 4,000. North Korea quadrupled its nuclear capability.

We've got to try to have talks, understanding that we're not taking military options off the table.




posted on Oct, 8 2008 @ 07:58 AM
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Obama's answer:


Originally posted by mabus325
And so it's unacceptable. And I will do everything that's required to prevent it.

And we will never take military options off the table. And it is important that we don't provide veto power to the United Nations or anyone else in acting in our interests.


What - about that - do you not understand?



posted on Oct, 8 2008 @ 08:00 AM
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Re-read the question. The premise of the question is that Iran has attacked Israel. But you don't want to answer the question.



posted on Oct, 8 2008 @ 09:08 AM
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Originally posted by mabus325
reply to post by Benevolent Heretic
 


Re-read the question. The premise of the question is that Iran has attacked Israel. But you don't want to answer the question.


But he did. What part of "military options" seems fuzzy to you?

And by the way... The issues of Israel is far down on my list of priorities as an American. America comes first.



posted on Oct, 8 2008 @ 09:13 AM
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I can't believe that the political side-show is that compelling. Both of you know that the object of this game is to say whatever it takes to sway people over to their side of the personality cult/popularity contest.

Do you think that the Israeli state, is going to be deprived of the national level commitments made by this nation towards supporting her defense? Can either of you envision that happening?

DO you think Obama could somehow magically avoid having to send troops in? Based on what? He wouldn't be allowed to run if he weren't committed to military support for Israel. Can you name ANY candidate who HAS won their "party's" nomination saying that he or she was going to end that kind of support?

Please. Partisan politics is a farce.



[edit on 8-10-2008 by Maxmars]



posted on Oct, 9 2008 @ 08:46 AM
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Welcome to the world stage of politics... compared to the domestic game it's just as dirty if not more so.

Let's get to the core of this propaganda... did Ahmadinejad really threaten to "wipe Israel off the map" or is this phrase just another jingoistic brand slogan for selling the next war in the Middle East?

As the proverbial saying goes... the devil is in the details, wiping Israel off the map suggests a physical genocidal assault, a literal population relocation or elimination akin to what the Nazis did. According to numerous foreign media translations, he never used the word "map," instead his statement was in the context of time and applied to the Zionist regime occupying Jerusalem. Ahmadinejad was expressing his future hope that the Zionist regime in Israel would fall, not that Iran was going to physically annex the country and its population.

To claim he has issued a rallying cry to ethnically cleanse Israel is akin to saying that Churchill wanted to murder all Germans when he stated his desire to crush the Nazis. This is about the demise of a corrupt occupying power, not the deaths of millions of innocent people.



posted on Oct, 9 2008 @ 08:52 AM
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And all this anti Iran propaganda has to stop, everyone knows that Iran will not attack Isreal, and for that sake US has nothing to do either in Isreal nor Iran.

best regards.

Loke.



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