Only the US can stop an Iranian bomb, says Clinton (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By PHILIP PODOLSKY and TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF 06/21/12)
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James Baker: Any attempt by Israel to destroy Tehran’s nuclear sites
will have disastrous results
Only the US can stop Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton said in an interview on US TV show Charlie Rose
on Wednesday, implying that Israel should not seek to do so.
Clinton reiterated that the US was committed to pursuing “every
possible avenue we can to see if we can get them to correct their
desire and goal of acquiring a nuclear weapon, but we cannot let them
acquire that weapon. We are the only country in the world that can
Comments in a similar, but starker vein, were made on the same show
by one of her predecessors, James Baker.
Israel lacks the capability to stop Iran from getting a bomb, he
said, and any attempt by it to do so will have disastrous results.
Baker, George H. W. Bush’s secretary of state during the Gulf War,
said an Israeli military strike can delay Iran’s acquisition of a
bomb, but not prevent it. He warned that an Israeli strike would
result in “many, many side effects, all of them adverse.”
Still, Baker didn’t rule out an American strike. “But at the end of
the day, if we don’t get it done the way the Administration’s working
on it now – which I totally agree with – then we ought to take them
out,” he said.
Clinton posited that key members of Iran’s political elite want their
country to be attacked in order to boost national unity.
“There are those who are saying the best thing that could happen to
us is be attacked by somebody, just bring it on, because that would
unify us, it would legitimize the regime,” Clinton said.
She warned that Iran’s acquisition of an atomic bomb would trigger
an “arms race that would take place in the region with such
unforeseen consequences,” and emphasized that a Middle East arms race
would “create a cascade of difficult challenges for us and for Israel
and for all of our friends and partners.” (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
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