Matching the classic rant mode with neo-hawkishness, Sen. Clinton is covered in The Daily Princetonian taking mighty and principled swings at the current adminstration:
I believe that we lost critical time in dealing with Iran because the White House chose to downplay the threats and to outsource the negotiations.
On the verge of an argument that negotiations are futile, that recourse to European soft power is a recreation for the negligent, Sen. Clinton gets Churchillian, moving on to mighty and principled swings at the current administration in Tehran:
We cannot and should not – must not – permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons.
But then, of course, the other shoe drops. Fools that we were, outsourcing negotiations to our Western allies:
In order to prevent that from occurring, we must have more support vigorously and publicly expressed by China and Russia, and we must move as quickly as feasible for sanctions in the United Nations.
We should have outsourced them directly to Moscow and Beijing, cutting out the middlemen – who Cheney is, at the instant of this writing, referring to as “our friends in Britain, France, and Germany.” Ah, the realpolitik of Sen. Clinton – since when does Germany sit at the same table with the Big Five? But how, Madame, would our chums in Good Old Europe have felt, suddenly realizing that Iran’s ploy to make Asian interests outbalance European had become the fashion of our folly…?
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