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Clinton doesn’t want Iran taking ‘one iota of credit’ for Mideast revolutions

April 20, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says when it comes to the pro-democracy movements sweeping through the Middle East give credit where credit is due. And that means not to Iran.

The United States has long been at loggerheads with Iran over its nuclear program — the West suspects Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons, Iran says it is trying to provide energy for its people. USA/

Now the United States, which sees Iran as a major threat to the region,  is also suspicious that Tehran is trying to capitalize on the Middle East revolutions.

“We see Iran trying to take advantage of what is going on, which is the height of hypocrisy, but that has never stopped the regime before,” Clinton said. “And what they are doing is trying to somehow connect their failed revolution in 1979 with the movements for aspiration and change that are now moving through the region.”

The United States has a lot of friends in the region, she said at the State Department in a conversation with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger moderated by Charlie Rose which will be broadcast later Wednesday on PBS.

“What we are saying both publicly and privately is don’t do anything that gives any ammunition, so to speak, to the Iranians,” Clinton said.

“Because we don’t want the Iranians to be given one iota of credit for what is a non-Iranian phenomenon. It is an Egyptian phenomenon, a Tunisian phenomenon, a Libyan phenomenon.”

Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Clinton and Kissinger)

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Yes, “The United States has a lot of friends in the region,” but almost all are backward tyrants and religious fanatics. Iran should certainly be given credit for being the first country in the region to overthrow its despotic ruler. Granted that the current Iranian government is not ideal, but certainly it is more responsible for the current developments than the US which supported Mubarak and Ben Ali till the last moment when it realized that they are going to lose power.

Posted by Logical123 | Report as abusive
 

Excellent the Propaganda Broadcasting Service (PBS) is giving airtime to Clinton and Kissinger (C&K) so they can tell us all what to think about the current events in the Middle East.

I wonder whether C&K will mention that 90% of the Arab population considers the USA/Israel the greatest threat to stability in the region. Maybe C&K will pat themselves on the back for thwarting the uprising in Egypt. Really, a job well done! Easy out our favored dictator, turn the situation over to the Egyptian military, install a new favored dictator. Job well done!

Posted by GypsySteven | Report as abusive
 

Riiiiight. And Russia “invaded” Georgia. Might she be a pathological liar?

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