Rolph asked Clinton to explain her Senate vote Wednesday for a resolution urging the Bush administration to label the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization. Rolph interpreted that measure as giving Bush authority to use military action against the Iranians.
... to state that Bush does not have the authority to use military action against Iran and that she is working on legislation to put that into law. Rolph once again challenged her recent vote, suggesting that it amounted to giving Bush a free hand.
"I'm sorry, sir, it does not," she said, her voice showing her exasperation. "No, no, let me just say one other thing because I respect your research. There was an earlier version that I opposed. It was dramatically changed ... I would never have voted for the first version. The second version ripped out what was considered very bellicose and very threatening language."
"(3) that it should be the policy of the United States to combat, contain, and roll back the violent activities and destabilizing influence inside Iraq of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, its foreign facilitators such as Lebanese Hezbollah, and its indigenous Iraqi proxies;
"(4) to support the prudent and calibrated use of all instruments of United States national power in Iraq, including diplomatic, economic, intelligence, and military instruments, in support of the policy described in paragraph (3) with respect to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its proxies;"
The crowd applauded when the senator ended the back and forth by saying the two had a disagreement and offering to put Rolph in touch with her staff, who could provide him with the text of the legislation, which she suggested he had misunderstood.
... we've got another man who won't vote for Clinton. Film at eleven ... Clinton saying, "I'm sorry, sir, it does not," prompted this cascade of blathering? Here's a news flash. Hillary Clinton is tough. How do you think she got through the 1990s and continues to take this onslaught. Every move is now scrutinized with an eye to take her down a peg. If she dares disagree with an Iowan, we're supposed to send in the emotional paramedics? [...]
The only element of this back and forth between Clinton and the Iowan worth mentioning is that Clinton obviously underestimated the message her vote on Lieberman-Kyl would send. Wesley Clark and Joseph Wilson have both come out in support of her Iran stance, because it's still resonating with a lot of people, which is understandable. But again ... military action against Iran was scratched from the final Lieberman-Kyl legislation. Got that or are you just intent on ignoring the facts for some overblown drama in Iowa?
If Clinton doesn't answer the questions you need answered sufficiently she shouldn't get your vote. But the applause obviously signaled some Iowans thought she stood her ground. But if you have doubts, don't like her policy stances or something else about her, you've got other candidates from which to choose. But let's not pretend she's not giving answers, even if you don't like them, or that she's being militant with Iran, or supposed to present herself as some political version of June Clever.
If Barack Obama or John Edwards had responded to Randall Rolph as Clinton did the lede would be touting their strength.
... states that Iran is causing a problem in Iraq and would designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
The "Iran Counter-Proliferation Act of 2007," which Obama cosponsored on April 24, 2007, states clearly that:
"The Secretary of State should designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a Foreign Terrorist Organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189) and the Secretary of the Treasury should place the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists under Executive Order 13224 (66 Fed. Reg. 186; relating to blocking property and prohibiting transactions with persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism)."
Senator Clinton was one of the first in Congress to say that Bush must seek an explicit authorization from Congress for any military action against Iran and that she is the lead co-sponsor of legislation by Jim Webb to prohibit funds for military action in Iran without approval from Congress.