Now, this is what we're talking about. Sen. Barack Obama charts an aggressive new policy toward Iran and tells The New York Times he would engage in direct diplomacy. At the same time, the candidate introduces a resolution that says the Bush Administration does not have authority to use military force against the Islamic Republic.
"I think it is important for us to send a signal that we are not hellbent on regime change, just for the sake of regime change, but expect changes in behavior," the senator says in The New York Times interview. "And there are both carrots and there are sticks available to them for those changes in behavior."
The Obama resolution on military action against the Mahmoud Ahmadenijad regime comes as Sam Stein in The Huffington Post reports some 30 senators "sent a letter to the White House on warning President Bush not to take offensive military action against Iran without the consent of Congress."
The letter was designed to "clarify the ambiguity of the recent Kyl-Lieberman amendment" which designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard as terrorists, and, was spearheaded by Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) and signed by presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton, "who voted for the Kyl-Lieberman provision, and Sen. Chris Dodd, who opposed it."
Obama did not sign the letter although he has criticized Clinton and other hawkish Dems for signing the amendment. Obama
ducked abstained from the vote—which we criticized—and perhaps this was his strategy: Obama is maneuvering Clinton into taking an unequivocal stand on Iran. It's not our approach—limiting options against terrorist states and potential nuclear adversaries?—but forces Clinton to avoid triangulation. Very clever.
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