Advisers to both Sen. Hillary Clinton and President-elect Barack Obama say that the two are, in reality, not as far apart on foreign policy as it seemed during the primaries earlier this year, according to the International Herald Tribune.
Basically, the advisers are trying to silence the critics who believe the two differ too greatly to be in the same administration.‚ Those critics are not too prominent, most people just recently referred to an Obama-Clinton ticket as the dream ticket.‚ I call it the 1-2 punch.
Advisers say they share many ideas, mainly regarding Iran and Iraq.‚ The two are also said to agree on sending additional troops to Afghanistan, peace efforts between Israel and Palestine and climate change, according to the IHT.
As most people know, Obama wants to sit down and talk with Iranian leaders. Clinton, as secretary of state, would have to do some work to prepare such a meeting.‚ Seems like an easy enough thing to do, except, Iran doesn’t really like Clinton.
Iran filed an official protest with the UN earlier this year over comments Clinton made on ABC, after being asked what she, as president, would do if Iran attacked Israel: “”I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran. In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate‚ them.”
So while the two in the same administration would elate several Americans, how productive she would be in the post remains to be seen.‚ I for one think she’d do a great job, regardless of the Iran thing.
Bill Richardson is still a possibility, he has also encouraged talks with Iran.