Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Who Cares About International Law?

Ben Cohen, writing at the Huffington Post, points out that Hillary Clinton's remark that "In the next 10 years, during which [Iran] might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them. . . . " is a violation of International Law.

There is no doubt that we can obliterate a sovereign nation. In fact, we are the only nation in the history of humanity to obliterate anything. For those of you who've forgotten, the United States dropped atomic bombs on two Japanese cities in the middle of the last century. No other nation has ever wrecked such havoc or destruction. So, Senator Clinton speaks accurately when she discusses our ability (maybe even our penchant) to destroy others.

What is surprising is her admission that she sees this as a valid option.

Now, I'm sure that Clinton meant something else, because she always does mean something else (especially when she says something idiotic -- when she misspeaks). Hell, we all do! We all meant to say something else when we say something stupid. But not all of us are running for President! Not all of us are going to have access to weapons of mass destruction. (Remember, no other nation has the military stockpile that we have.)

Mr. Cohen's article discusses the United States Constitution and the United Nations Charter (documents that mean little to the Senator, I'm sure) and how such a remark stands in stark contrast to the basic tenets that make (well, made) America a once-great nation.

There will be elections today.

It would be best for Democrats if this issue were battled-out in the primary so that it is old news in the general election, because even a militaristic wacko like McCain can go to town on these remarks.

How did Hillary Clinton go from being admirable to being this? When did she stop caring about international law and our standing in the world?

Read Cohen's article here.

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