In a speech addressing the pending Iran nuclear agreement on Wednesday, presidential hopeful and former Sectary of State Hillary Clinton provided a glimpse into the possible militaristic future of the United States if, as she said, “I am in the White House.”
Though she endorsed the deal, which seeks to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon by forcing controls onto the country’s nuclear energy program, Clinton vowed that she would do so with skepticism and—as many have pointed out—an eye on a military alternative.
“The outcome of the deal in Congress is no longer in much doubt,” she said, speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., “so we’ve got to start looking ahead as to what’s next: enforcing the deal, deter Iran and its proxies, and strengthening our allies,” which was largely in reference to neighboring Israel.
Clinton continued saying that she “understands the skepticism” around the deal, and said that she too is not convinced. “There is absolutely no reason to trust Iran,” she said.
“This is not the start of some larger diplomatic opening,” she added.
During the address, she made it clear that if Iran “cheats” on the agreement she “will not hesitate to take military action.”
She said: “Iranians and the world need to understand that we will act decisively if needed. So here’s my message: The United States will never allow you to acquire a nuclear weapon. As president I will take whatever actions are necessary to protect the United States and our allies. I will not hesitate to take military action if Iran attempts to obtain a nuclear weapon.”
Responding to her comments, Middle East political analyst and founder of Wide Asleep in America Nima Shiraz wrote:
Throughout the speech, Clinton repeated what she described as Iran’s “malicious activity”—including allegedly supporting terrorism and threatening to annihilate “our ally and friend” Israel—and said what she would do to counter the broader issue of “Iran’s bad behavior across the region.”
If elected, Clinton vowed to “deepen America’s unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security” by “guaranteeing Israel’s qualitative military edge” in the Middle East. To do so, she said she would strengthen their missile defense system, and increase military support and intelligence sharing.
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