By Steve Holland 1 hour, 41 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) –
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama found himself embroiled in a new foreign policy flap with rival Hillary Clinton on Thursday, this time over the use of nuclear weapons.Obama ruled out the use of nuclear weapons to go after targets in Afghanistan or Pakistan, prompting Clinton to say presidents never take the nuclear option off the table, and extending their feud over whether Obama has enough experience to be elected president in November 2008.
Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois, told a reporter after a Capitol Hill event that he would not use nuclear weapons in those countries, an aide said.
“His position could not be more clear,” said Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki. “He would not consider using nuclear weapons to fight terror targets in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
That position came a day after Obama vowed he would be willing to strike targets inside Pakistan with or without the approval of the government of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf
Obama struck the tough tone after Clinton accused him of being naive and irresponsible for saying in a debate last week he would be willing to meet without preconditions the leaders of hostile nations Iran, Cuba, Syria, North Korea and Venezuela in his first year in office.
Clinton’s position was that she would only meet those leaders after careful lower-level diplomacy bore fruit. Obama said she represented conventional thinking in line with that of the Bush administration and would not bring the fundamental change Americans need.
The senator and former first lady quickly pounced on Obama’s remark about nuclear weapons at a Capitol Hill news conference.
“I think presidents should be very careful at all times in discussing the use, or non-use, of nuclear weapons,” she said.
“Presidents since the Cold War have used nuclear deterrence to keep the peace. And I don’t believe that any president should make any blanket statements with respect to the use or non use of nuclear weapons,” she said.
Does it really come as any suprise to anyone at all that Hillary is unstable enough to make such comments? This crazy broad is gonna get us nuked back to the stone ages…..after all can ya really trust a woman who kept her philandering husband around just to further her own political career ? And she’s backed by NOW….hilarious.