[Original post, from last year:]
… in her rhetoric, and febrile imagination. Read all about it here:
A very wise man once said: Speak softly, and carry a big stick. Now Ms. Clinton is acting like Herman Cain, who promised to position warships off the coast of Iran and dare Iranians to “Make my day”:
Now, Ms. Clinton is more intelligent than this. She knows that the Secretary of State is not empowered to inaugurate any such policy-shift, and she knows that everyone knows it. Cain says stuff like that just to get noticed, as part of his Very Silly Party spoof campaign -- coolly revealed as a joke cum expenses-paid book tour, in this morning’s fine Alexandra Petri WaPo op-ed:
(And as usual, the weird WaPo website utterly buries this highly interesting article.)
So why does she do it? She knows it makes her look foolish or unhinged, as when she repeatedly badgered General Petraeus in Congressional testimony, trying to get him to retract his modest assessment of Iran’s current danger to our troops in Iraq: all he could do is keep mildly repeating, “No ma’am… No ma’am … No ma’am …”
My hunch is that it’s for domestic consumption -- but not in the manner of the outlandish statements and outright lies of the Republican Presidential candidates: They are whoring for the moron vote, and reckon they’ll get away with it. No, the former and perhaps future Senator from New York is winking to her own much more well-informed and vigilant lobby, saying: See? I’m willing to look ridiculous in public for your sake, so you know you can trust me. (G. Gordon Liddy used to put his finger in the flame, for similar reassurance to his bosses; hard to say which gesture is the more painful.)
It was the same when John McCain derided Obama as “naïve” for failing to subscribe to the thesis that Iran is as much an existential threat to the United States as the Soviet bloc ever was.
Hmm, let’s see… the whole of Eastern Europe armed to the teeth with tanks, and the oceans aswim with subs carrying nuke-tipped ICBMs, and the memory of victory in the Second World War, and a history of Soviet foreign conquest … versus a single shaky country with no nukes at all so far, and no long-range missiles to deliver them in any case… hmmm…. -- McCain was in the service, he knows that this is nuts; and the Lobby knows that he knows, but they appreciate him saying it anyway.
[Update 31 Dec 2011]
Some sane words here:
Hey -- I'm not pushing Ron Paul per se; but these days, among the Republicans, you take sanity wherever you can find it.
[Update 2 Jan 2012]
So now Rick Santorum throws his own grenade into the ring, saying he'll "work openly with Israel" (an interesting choice of words) and, if that (lest we forget) foreign power isn't satisfied by how things are going, will drag America into yet another MidEast war:
Note that, with Iran, back to the wall from the sanctions, now threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz (which it well could do), such outbursts on the part of a potential President are ex-tra-ordinarily irresponsible. He might just launch a self-fulfilling prophecy, pushing the world toward war before he is ever personally in a position to horse around with the nukes.
[Update 28 IV 2012] שַבַ"כ
Plain talk from the former chief of Shabak:
“I don’t believe in a leadership that makes decisions based on messianic feelings…”