October 4, 2004


Democratic keynote speaker Barack Obama calls for missile strikes on Iran (Tom Mackaman, 1 October 2004, WSWS.org)

In an interview with the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune published September 26, Democratic Senate candidate Barack Obama said he would favor the use of “surgical” missile strikes against Iran if it failed to bow to Washington’s demand that it eliminate its nuclear energy program. Obama also said that, in the event of a coup that removed the Musharraf regime in Pakistan, the US should attack that nation’s nuclear arsenal.

Obama, the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention, is being hailed as a “rising star” in the Democratic Party. In his Tribune interview, he said explicitly what is implicit in repeated statements by Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and other party leaders. They have frequently attacked the Bush administration’s policy in Iraq on the grounds that it is diverting attention from supposedly greater threats, in particular Iran and North Korea.

Obama told the Tribune, “[T]he big question is going to be, if Iran is resistant to these pressures, including economic sanctions, which I hope will be imposed if they do not cooperate, at what point are we going to, if any, are we going to take military action?”

Answering his own question, Obama said, “I hope it doesn’t get to that point. But realistically, as I watch how this thing has evolved, I’d be surprised if Iran blinked at this point.”

Mr. Keyes couldn't force Mr. Obama to swerve much further Right than that.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 4, 2004 6:33 PM

For about another 30 days.

Posted by: Rick T. at October 4, 2004 7:19 PM

Well, it would make for an interesting question in tomorrow night's debate: "IL senatorial candidate Barack Obama has called for missle strikes if Iran does not comply with international pressure to devolve its nuclear program - what say you?"

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 4, 2004 9:20 PM

Hmmm, does Obama know something we don't? Or is his staff looking at the polling data?

Posted by: Sandy P at October 4, 2004 9:47 PM

Re: "They have frequently attacked the Bush administrations policy in Iraq on the grounds that it is diverting attention from supposedly greater threats, in particular Iran and North Korea."

Ah, the hindsight, she is 20/20!

These are the same people that criticized GWB mercilessly in his SOTU 2002 speech where he lumped Iraq, Iran, and NK into an "axis of evil". So now their position is ... "you're not aggressive enough and should have predicted the future"!

Posted by: Jeff Brokaw at October 5, 2004 11:35 PM