When Barack Obama said he would meet with leaders of countries that do not see eye-to-eye with the US during a Democratic presidential debate in July, he was sharply rebuked by Hillary Clinton as “irresponsible and frankly naive.”
Thursday, however, Clinton said that she would negotiate with Iran “with no conditions.”
“I would engage in negotiations with Iran, with no conditions, because we don’t really understand how Iran works,” she said.
Obama responded on Friday, “So I’m not sure if any of us knows exactly where she is standing on this issue. But I can tell you this–when I am president of the United States, the American people and the world will always know where I stand.”
Chris Kofinis, communications director of the Edwards campaign added, “You can’t have it both ways–on this or any other issue. Senator Clinton needs to be honest with the American people about her plans.”
For her part, Clinton said her comments Thursday were consistent with past statements. The difference between her stance and that of Obama, she insisted, was that she would open negotiations through the use of aides, rather than meeting such leaders face-to-face.
Democrats must give up the belief that they “can’t win elections unless they talk, act, and vote like Republicans when it comes to foreign policy and national security,” remarked Obama.
Yet for some reason, Democrats have fallen in love with the idea of a Hillary Clinton presidency. A presidency that looks very much like a probable continuation of current foreign policy coupled with a smoke-and-mirrors domestic agenda.