In the midst of the tensions that rose and then quickly fell between the U.S. and Iran following a targeted airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani — which came in response to an Iran-backed assault on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq — many on the left fearmongered that President Donald Trump would start a war with Iran.
Concurrent with that was the notion that a hypothetical President Hillary Clinton would have been able to avoid the rising tensions and wouldn’t have been at the brink of all-out war against Iran. But based on Clinton’s own words during her first bid for the White House in 2008, that simply isn’t the case.
In recent days, the hashtag #IVotedForHillaryClinton has been trending on social media with the clear implication from Democrats being that Clinton would have handled the developing situation with Iran far better than Donald Trump has if she were to have won the election in 2016.
But if some on the left believe Clinton would have gone out of her way to avoid a potential war against Iran, they are sorely mistaken. According to Breitbart, Clinton made it abundantly clear in a 2008 interview that she was more than willing to “obliterate” the Islamic Republic to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons or hurting American interests in Israel.
Speaking with then-co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America, Chris Cuomo, Clinton said in 2008: “The question was if Iran were to launch a nuclear attack on Israel, what would our response be. And I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran.”
In that same interview, Clinton also said: “Whatever stage of development they might be in their nuclear weapons program, in the next 10 years during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.
“That’s a terrible thing to say, but those people who run Iran need to understand that because that perhaps will deter them from doing something that would be reckless, foolish, and tragic,” Clinton added. Watch below:
All about war
Of course, President Trump didn’t spark World War III with his strike on Soleimani and, while tensions remain high, it strongly appears that both the U.S. and Iran have stepped back from the brink for the moment.
That was largely due to Trump’s own “peace through strength” stance that included his own threat to “obliterate” Iran if it continued to kill or injure Americans.
Moreover, any objective analysis of President Trump’s foreign policy over the past few years can’t help but notice that he has been particularly averse to taking military action unless absolutely necessary.
Given what we know of Clinton — not only of those remarks in 2008 but also her history in the Senate and as secretary of State — it is reasonable to assume that a President Clinton may very well have already embroiled the U.S. in another war, either in Syria or Iran or both. Americans made the right decision in 2016, whether Democrats realize it or not.