Will Hillary Clinton support Obama’s peace initiative with Iran?

Whatever we on the left think of President Obama and his other policies, all of us are united behind his peace initiative with Iran. This is historic (given the context of our history with Iran), a very big deal, and a rather good deal as well.

Put differently, if all of the various hawks had their way, the price of oil at the pump would be $10 a gallon and rising. Plus a whole lot of people would die. Not good outcomes.

So I and a great many like me stand in praise of the president in this bold and necessary action. Praise from one more person is needed, however, especially in light of the constant and predictable attacks from the right.

We need Hillary Clinton’s voice as well.

Why should Hillary Clinton speak out on Iran?

There are a great many reasons for Hillary to speak now in support of peace with Iran.

First, she’s the most recent Secretary of State — of this administration in fact — and this is her bailiwick, her portfolio.

Second, her opinion is highly respected, not just on the left, but also in the “center,” where hyper-busy voters reside. Her voice would swing some weight, and that weight is needed now, not six months from now. We need the national mood to settle today in support of these peace talks. Iran has opened the door; an intentionally confused electorate must not be allowed to close it.

And finally, to come out for peace, for Obama, and for a signature item of her party’s agenda, all of this signals leadership at a time when Clinton may be considering the leadership mantle herself.

I do not know if Ms. Clinton will run in 2016, but she appears to be moving in that direction — or at least not closing her options just yet. Adding her voice to Obama’s peace initiative will not damage her, but keeping silent may. I’m already seeing criticism of her from the left; not something she needs right now, one would think.

Sign the petition: Urge Hillary Clinton to publicly endorse the deal with Iran

I’ll be frank about where I stand. I want this initiative to succeed, and I want Hillary Clinton to have every opportunity to prove to her party’s base that she’s ready to stand up when standing up is needed. She has many supporters on the left side of the peanut-gallery aisle. This is a big opportunity to show that she’s the one they’ve been looking for. I want her to make that good choice. I want her to support peace with Iran.

Do you agree? If so, you can help. The people at Just Foreign Policy have created a MoveOn petition to ask Ms. Clinton to support Obama’s peace initiative. Here’s a bit from their letter to supporters:

Republicans like Lindsey Graham are attacking the diplomatic deal on Iran’s nuclear program negotiated by President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

It would make a big difference in getting political acceptance for the deal if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were to publicly come out and endorse the deal. … Silence by Hillary is going to be perceived as a lack of support, not simply staying out of it. There is no neutral on some things.

And from the petition itself:

It’s 3AM: Where’s Hillary on the Iran nuclear deal?
By Robert Naiman (Contact)

To be delivered to: Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State

PETITION STATEMENT

We urge Hillary Clinton to publicly endorse the diplomatic deal on Iran’s nuclear program negotiated by President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry.

This is pretty straightforward, and the timing is now, while the jackels are circling. The neocons are crazy, the far-right Israeli government is crazy, the breitbarts and Foxes are crazy. They blew up Iraq, and look what we got for it. Now they want to blow up Iran, a nation four times its size, a nation with muscle, with agents, with powerful friends — a nation that could close the Straits of Hormuz tomorrow.

Straits of Hormuz

Straits of Hormuz

Obama did a fine thing in putting an end to this madness. Help him keep it that way. Help Hillary Clinton help him. You could even help Hillary help Hillary. Please sign the petition.

After all, if you don’t think you have a personal interest now, wait until your 10-gallon fill-up is a crisp century note — $100 per and rising. By then it will be too late.

Peace,

GP

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  • Bill_Perdue

    Thanks for the empire slayer site. I’ve never run across it before. It’s a goldmine of data.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    I’ve seen the idea of a canal mentioned elsewhere, but I can’t imagine it would be very feasible. New pipelines from Saudi Arabia and Iraq to Oman or Yemen are more likely. Something like 20% of the world’s crude oil is transported through the Strait of Hormuz every year. Nobody in the world would be happy if Iran threatened the safe passage of commercial shipping. If a significant incident did occur, the world reaction would likely be swift and not at all favorable for Iran. Especially considering both the US and the UK keep a significant naval presence in the region.

  • Robert Barsocchini

    Yes, as Prof. Chalmers Johnson noted, true imperialists much prefer people like Bill Clinton and Obama (re what he’s doing now to Iran) over ham-handed, overtly fascist, world authoritarian regimes like Reagan and Bushes 1 and 2.

    What Obama is currently doing is: after increasing the US led terrorism against Iran, he is now slightly slowing it down, and listening slightly to the pleading of the torture victim, who has repeatedly been shown, by the UN and all 16 US intelligence agencies, to have never had and not be in pursuit of nuclear weapons.

    Obama has done nothing to earn any credibility, and has only shown himself as a world class authoritarian, war criminal and liar. He is not to be trusted or given the benefit of any doubt (though no doubt exists).

    Western intellectuals and media are currently swept up in praising Obama for this slight change in the USA’s 60 year long stint of torture of Iran.

    To regain some perspective, here is another bullet points list covering some of Obama’s record of supporting chemical and other illegal weapons attacks against civilians and others:

    http://empireslayer.blogspot.com/2013/11/obama-supports-chemical-weapons-use.html

    And here’s an article for some perspective on the US’s relationship with Iran (hint: while the USA alleges Iran is complicit, through funding, in the killing of 241 US citizens in retaliation for a US bombing, the USA is complicit in the killing of, conservatively, 1,025,300 Iranians):

    http://empireslayer.blogspot.com/2013/09/stupid-or-liar.html

  • timeforsometrust

    totally true.
    If i was American i would be a democrat voter….and yet very f’kin scared of Hilary coming to power.
    Seems from over here Obama’s coming good

  • timeforsometrust

    true.
    I was speaking to an Iranian who said that Bill Clinton was no better than Bush Snr, but at least with Bush Snr you knew where you stood.

    I fully praise Obama for his ability to look logically, to discuss and to make friends, rather than flex muscles.

    As a UK guy i will say that this is the kind of USA the world needs, and can be inspired by

  • bruce

    I do not think it is as simple as $10.00 gas and I would be careful to jump on this deal as being a good one. I am a advocate for diplomacy vs aggression but Iran is still Iran we need to be careful. As far a Hillary goes her opinion should be mute at this point.

  • Robert Barsocchini

    Why hasn’t she spoken out? She’s a long time war-monger, including towards Iran. Let’s check the record:

    Hillary Clinton’s Pro-War, Hard Right Wing record in bullet points:

    http://empireslayer.blogspot.com/2013/11/hilary-clinton-pro-war-and-imperialism.html

  • Robert Barsocchini

    Very well said. See my above comment for a link to Hillary Clinton’s pro-war, hard right wing record in bullet points.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Simple here: never, ever, never vote for Hillary.

  • cole3244

    she will wait until she can wet her finger and feel which way the political wind is blowing then she will decide.

  • lynchie

    She is the party of big corporate interest. Money is what moves the Clintons, always has always will.

  • lynchie

    She will be backed by big corporate interests as well as lobbyists from Israel. Big money loves it some high priced oil, the more expensive the better. More money, more profits and more corporate welfare from congress. Hillary is no peacenik, she is part of the 1% who only care for their interests not ours.

  • Jimmy

    Now why can’t we do the same with Cuba?

  • http://americablog.com magster

    Tangent: Is a canal through the UAE feasible?

  • Bill_Perdue

    Her lack of principle stems from the fact that she’s a Democrat/Republican or a Republican/Democrat.

  • FLL

    If Hillary is just fishing for votes at the expense of principle, which would be completely in character for her, the result on the issue of a peace deal with Iran would be a good result. This is because peace rather than war with Iran is a goal with huge popular support. What is murkier and more worrying is exactly who her financial backers are in 2016. I hope their are no neocon or Likud hawks among her donors.

  • Bill_Perdue

    The regime of the mad ayatollahs of Iran is backward and engages in the mass murder of gays, workers, unemployed youth and feminists. Iran was the scene of the first major revolutionary struggle associated with what is now misnamed the Arab Spring. The regime of the ayatollahs will be destroyed by Iranian workers, women, the LGBT communities and unemployed youth.

    The nation which poses the greatest demonstrable and proven threat to peace in the region is the United States. The US has attacked or attempted to undermine every Arab or muslim government opposed to US hegemony in the region since 1948. Various American regimes have attacked Iran, Lebanon, Palestine, Sudan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and attempted to undermine popular resistance or support dictatorships in many more countries.

    The clearest case of the American threat to the region is the Bush regimes invasion and attempted occupation of Iraq which exhibited genocidal violence. It was preceded by Bill Clintons embargo that led to the murder of half a million Iraq children. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omnskeu-puE

    In both cases there genocidal war crimes were ‘justified’ by lies about Iraqi WMD’s, repeated over and over. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkS9y5t0tR0

    Aside from the US, the zionist colony in Palestine poses another great threat in the region. The zionist bunkerstadt which has a large number of nuclear bombs – 75 and 400 – and IRBMs, ICBMs. bombers and submarine-launched cruise missile. (wiki) http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/10/18/nuclear-weapons-areisraelsworstkeptsecretsaysisraelihistorian.html

    Efforts at nuclear disarmament should first be directed at the US and it’s client state, the zionist colony in Palestine. the pose, far and away, greatest threat to civilians in the region from Morocco to Indonesia. Iraq is not the threat. http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/11/27/iran-breakthrough-is-real/

  • nicho

    Hillary will do whatever her pollsters and marketers tell her will gain the most net votes in 2016. If you’re looking for principle in Hill&Bill Inc., you’re wasting your time.

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