Hillary Clinton has just released a statement in support of a White House policy of sanctions on Iran.
This, after a day of attacks by her opponents over her support for a previous get-tough resolution.
From the statement:
“I believe that a policy of diplomacy backed by economic pressure is the best way to check Iran’s efforts to acquire a nuclear weapons program and stop its support of terrorism, and the best way to avert a war. That’s why I took to the Senate floor last February and warned the President not to take military action against Iran without going to Congress first and why I’ve co-sponsored Senator Webb’s legislation to make that the law of the land. I’ve been concerned for a long time over George Bush’s saber rattling and belligerence toward Iran.
“We must work to check Iran’s nuclear ambitions and its support of terrorism, and the sanctions announced today strengthen America’s diplomatic hand in that regard. The Bush Administration should use this opportunity to finally engage in robust diplomacy to achieve our objective of ending Iran’s nuclear weapons program, while also averting military action. That is the policy I support.”
She’s clearly not backing off her vote to label the elite Quds force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization, which the administration today singled out as a supporter of terroris,.
And it’s a continuation of her efforts, in the face of increasingly strident criticism from the Edwards and Obama campaigns, to frame that vote in terms of a robust diplomatic effort to convince Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions.
One reading of all this is that it’s an expression of confidence in her position in the primary, given that the tough line she’s taken—and sticking to–on Iran will certainly play better in the general election that it will in, say, the Iowa caucuses.
Now she will have to watch to see what the White House does with the new policy she’s supporting.
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