On Wednesday during NBC's Today, Sen. Barack Obama said:
I think all of us are talking about a phased redeployment which would leave American troops in the region to send a strong message not only to the Iraqi government that we want to help them, but also to neighbors like Iran that we're not abandoning the field.
Also this week, John Edwards said in a speech:
Iran must know that the world won't back down. The recent UN resolution ordering Iran to halt the enrichment of uranium was not enough. We need meaningful political and economic sanctions. We have muddled along for far too long. To ensure that Iran never gets nuclear weapons, we need to keep ALL options on the table, Let me reiterate - ALL options must remain on the table.
Finally, Rep. Dennis Kucinich remarked after the State of the Union:
He's clearly laying the groundwork for an attack against Iran, and I think that ought to be a grave concern to all members of Congress.
A bright red line for LiberalOasis in sizing up the candidates is foreign policy vision.
As also discussed in Wait!, a great political opportunity presents itself once a conservative president is perceived as a national security failure.
The perception that a conservative approach keeps us safe and secure is questioned, giving us the chance to reshape perceptions and build a mandate for a change in course.
We are in such a moment right now. To miss that opportunity, and maintain conservative foreign policy frames, would be a huge mistake.
The more candidates that understand that, the better.
Friday, January 26, 2007
"Who Will Get Iran Right?"