Hillary Clinton issued a stark warning to Iran Tuesday, warning the country would face total annihilation if it launched a nuclear attack on Israel.
Clintonâ€™s forceful rhetoric came on ABCâ€™s Good Morning America as Pennsylvania voters went to the polls. Her opponent, Barack Obama, promised a forceful response but said he wasnâ€™t interested in such â€œsaber rattlingâ€ and said diplomacy could prevent an Iranian nuclear program to begin with.
â€œI want the Iranians to know, if I am president, we will attack Iran,â€ if they launch nukes against Israel, Clinton said. â€œI want them to understand that. â€¦ We would be able to totally obliterate them. Thatâ€™s a terrible thing to say, but those people who run Iran need to understand that.â€
Clinton said she hoped her stern warning would serve as a deterrent from Iran doing anything â€œfoolish and tragic.â€
Obama promised a swift and forceful response to an attack on Israel by Iran, but he said the hypothetical of a nuclear attack â€œpresupposes a failure to begin with.â€ Iran does not have a nuclear weapon yet and the US should do everything possible to stop that, he said. Obama has said he would open diplomatic channels with Iran, but he has not ruled out the possibility of an attack on the country to prevent its acquisition of nuclear weapons.
He went on to tie Clintonâ€™s comments regarding Iran to the Bush administrationâ€™s approach to the rogue regime.
â€œOne of the things that weâ€™ve seen over the last several years is a bunch of talk using words like obliterate doesnâ€™t actually produce good results,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™m not interested in saber-rattling.â€