The words of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared unambiguous and stern when she said, "What we want to do is to send a message to whoever is making these decisions, that if you're pursuing nuclear weapons for the purpose of intimidating, of projecting your power, we're not going to let that happen." But, wait a minute, what are the words "for the purpose of intimidating, of projecting your power" as a qualifier doing in there?
We have learned by now that we should never underestimate the careful placement of words of any politician. It's fair to say that even subtle word use has to raise skepticism and questions because there is no way anyone can predict what politicians mean with sentences constructed in a certain manner.
This qualifier is particularly worrisome since Iran has stated repeatedly that it seeks nuclear power for peaceful purposes, which nobody really believes. So, even if Iran develops nuclear capability, fronts it with reactor-use while stockpiling weapons underground, the way Hillary's warning is constructed, the "we're not going to let that happen" part of her stern warning will not be triggered.
Remember North Korea and their promises? During the idyllic period the Clintons bathed in the sunshine of having resolved the North Korean issue, North Korea built their nuclear arsenal with our fuel and money.
Remember China? They couldn't get their rockets off the launching pad. It was only after the 1995 sale of Magnequench, the only U.S. manufacturer of rare-earth magnets, critical in advanced weapons systems, to China, that their rockets suddenly managed to stay aloft and on track. Who approved the deal? Our dearly beloved president Clinton of "is"-fame.
Now the U.S. is pressuring Israel not to protect itself in manners and with means it deems fit, urging it to wait till September this year for the negotiations to take hold. Negotiations that will have as much ingenuity and foresight as the prez showed the Cambridge Police Department.
I hope somebody asks Madam Secretary about this. I am not holding my breath.