Tuesday, April 18, 2006

How To Stop A Nuclear Bomb: Another Question The President And His Lacky Can't Answer

Scotty got off easy today, deflecting the Rummy questions fairly easily at the Whitehouse press briefing. Les asked a couple of interesting questions (he always has a "two parter"). The latter of the two I found very interesting:
Q The Weekly Standard's editor, William Kristol, recalls that the President has said, "Iran's development of a nuclear development is unacceptable; Iran armed with a nuclear weapon poses a grave threat to the security of the world." And my question: This means that if Iran proceeds to the point of being on the immediate threshold of a nuclear weapon, we will launch a nuclear attack, rather than allow Iranian ICBMs to devastate Tel Aviv, New York and Washington, doesn't it?

MR. McCLELLAN: Les, we're pursuing a diplomatic solution by working with the international community. This is a threat that the international community recognizes needs to be addressed. That's why we are working at the Security Council, that's why we're working with Germany and other friends and allies, to send a clear and united message to the regime that we will not allow it to develop nuclear weapons capabilities, or a -- nuclear weapons.

Q How will we not allow it?

MR. McCLELLAN: Our Under Secretary of State, Nicholas Burns, has been in Moscow, continuing to have meetings with his counterparts of a number of countries that I have touched on. And those discussions continue. We are making it very clear that there needs to be meaningful steps taken at the Security Council to address the threat posed by the regime's continued defiance. This is a regime that continues to isolate itself and its people from the rest of the world by its defiant actions and its defiant statements. And it's time for the Security Council --

Q How will we not allow it?

MR. McCLELLAN: -- to act and take additional steps on the diplomatic front.

Go ahead, Victoria.
Yes, indeed. "How will we not allow it?"

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