02 Mar 2007
(AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Friday blamed Bush administration failings in Iraq for strengthening the strategic position of Iran, which he says must be stopped from acquiring nuclear weapons.
The Illinois senator said that means "direct engagement" with Iran similar to the meetings with the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.
"One of the most profound consequences of the administration's failed strategy in Iraq has been to strengthen Iran's strategic position; reduce U.S. credibility and influence in the region; and place Israel and other nations friendly to the United States in greater peril," Obama told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobbying group.
The Bush administration recently altered its position, with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice saying this week that the U.S. is willing to talk to Iran on security in Iraq.
Obama also emphasized in his speech his commitment to protecting the security of Israel, which he called "our strongest ally in the region and its only established democracy."
"Our job is to renew the United States' efforts to ... help Israel achieve peace with its neighbors while remaining vigilant against those who do not share that vision," Obama said.
But Obama focused on Iran Friday, calling President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's regime "a threat to all of us." More....
Could Obama be the democrat candidate with the best understanding of our War on Terror and War in Iraq? NOPE! The words he speaks sound good and he may truly understand the threat Iran poses to the U.S. and stability in the region. But, ultimately he fails in his understanding of how to resolve the crisis. Obama loses it when he states that we should not attack Iran and we need to pull out of Iraq. While correct that Iran has been energized by the chaos in Iraq, taking military options off the table and the dems showing their hand in Iraq, he fails. Not that we will, but military options against Iran or any country sponsoring terrorism, should NEVER be taken off the table!