Iran and the U.S. Campaign

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How will the next U.S. president deal with Iran? The answer to that question may be the biggest and most important question in the current presidential campaign if not the age in which we live.

This issue provided the latest flap between the presumptive Republican nominee John McCain and Democratic hopeful Barack Obama. McCain accused Obama of "reckless judgment" after Obama made this statement: "Iran, Cuba, Venezuela -- these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us. And yet we were willing to talk to the Soviet Union at the time when they were saying, 'We're going to wipe you off the planet."

McCain replied by saying: "Such a statement betrays the depth of Senator Obama's inexperience and reckless judgment. These are very serious deficiencies for an American president to possess."

Well, does Iran pose a serious threat to the U.S. like the Soviet Union once did? To answer this question, it's important to understand the views of Iran's current leadership. MEMRI (The Middle East Research Institute) helps with that understanding by providing verbatim speeches of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Here are a couple of links that show Ahmadinejad's mindset. The first link shows Iran's president this week once again blustering against Israel. The second link provides a whole series of excerpts from his speeches.

In the meantime, The Jerusalem Post came out with a story late today about current U.S. President George Bush and the possibility he might attack Iran's nuclear facilities. Here's an excerpt:

"The White House on Tuesday flatly denied an Army Radio report that claimed US President George W. Bush intends to attack Iran before the end of his term. It said that while the military option had not been taken off the table, the Administration preferred to resolve concerns about Iran's push for a nuclear weapon "through peaceful diplomatic means."

Army Radio had quoted a top official in Jerusalem claiming that a senior member in the entourage of President Bush, who concluded a trip to Israel last week, had said in a closed meeting here that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were of the opinion that military action against Iran was called for."

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