Last week, in his Washington Post column, conservative journalist Charles Krauthammer proposed that President Bush issue a "Holocaust Declaration" in the context of Iran's nuclear threat to Israel. This assertion would mirror President Kennedy's policy of deterrence during the Cuban missile crisis, and look something like this:
It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear attack upon Israel by Iran, or originating in Iran, as an attack by Iran on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response upon Iran.
In last night's Democratic presidential debate, George Stephanopoulos asked the candidates if it should be U.S. policy to extend our deterrence to Israel. Both Senators Clinton and Obama definitively stated that they would see an Iranian attack on Israel as an attack on the United States and retaliate accordingly.
Beyond stating their concurrence with such a declaration, both candidates laid out their policies for preventing Iran from achieving nuclear capabilities and attaining hegemony in the Middle East.
Senator Obama said:
Our first step should be to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of the Iranians. [...] And I will make it one of our top priorities when I am president of the United States. I have said I will do whatever is required to prevent the Iranians from obtaining nuclear weapons. [...] I think it is very important that Iran understands that an attack on Israel is an attack on our strongest ally in the region, one whose security we consider paramount. That would be an act of aggression that I would consider an attack that is unacceptable and the Untied States would take appropriate action.
Senator Clinton stated:
I think that we should be looking to create an umbrella of deterrence that goes much further than just Israel. Of course I would make it clear to the Iranians that an attack on Israel would incur massive retaliation from the United States. [...] We are at a very dangerous point with Iran.
Despite the right-wing smear machine's baseless attacks on the Democratic Party's Israel stance, the Democratic presidential candidates have clearly set the standard for strong commitment to Israel's security.
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