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One of our board members is interviewed by The Guardian in this video.

And speaking of Hillary, she was in Concord yesterday and was asked if she would take “the nuclear option with Iran off the table.” She responded “I think with the intelligence estimate we need to get to diplomacy and get talking about–”

Clinton was interrupted by the questioner who asked “will you take [the nuclear option] off the table completely.” Her response was “Um, well, we’ve had, probably–what?–ten presidents since the dawn of the nuclear age and it’s American policy not to talk about what is or isn’t on the table, so I’m going to stick to that policy.”

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Daniel Webster College, Nashua, 16 December 2007

 

Summary of interactions after Clinton’s speech:

JE – What are we going to do about nuclear weapons?

HC – We need to have treaties.

JE – What about abolition?

HC – I stand by the Perry statement.

AA – Would you support a no first use policy?

HC – Yes.

AA – You would support no first use?

HC – No. I’m not going to discuss nuclear policy on a rope line.

AA – Would you read something I’ve written and get back to me?

HC – Does it have your address?

AA – Yes it has my email. [Arnie hands her a copy of his Concord Monitor column]

HC – OK

HC is Hillary Clinton

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Question: An intelligence report released earlier this week said Iran has not had a nuclear weapons program since 2003. Will you take military and nuclear options off the table regarding Iran?

Answer: I’m glad you mentioned it. It’s called the national intelligence estimate. The short answer is I am not in favor of going to war with Iran, period. I don’t think it’s the right thing, the smart thing for the United States to do. I have spoken out against President [Bush] trying to maneuver circumstances in such a way to move us toward that.

[rest is paraphrased]: She called for aggressive diplomacy with a combination of sticks and carrots.

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Hillary was at Kennett High in North Conway last week, she did the frontrunner thing and didn’t take questions. I buttonholed her during the “press the flesh across the barricades” segment of the program, and told her that the first step towards addressing nuclear proliferation is to take nukes off the table as an option in dealing with Iran. I referred to Kissinger, Schultz and Nunn’s position, and she seized on that in order to dodge the Iran-specific point: “And I agree with them,” she told me as she moved away down the line. “I wrote a long article saying so in Foreign Affairs magazine.”

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As Hillary Clinton aims to regain momentum in tonight’s presidential debate, new videos have surfaced on YouTube with young voters asking her questions that are similar to the fake question posed by a Grinnell college student last week.

There is no direct indication that the new footage, apparently taken from an October 16 event at a high school in Salem, New Hampshire, demonstrates any concerted effort by the Clinton Campaign to plant questions. (The campaign’s media and Internet staff did not immediately respond to requests from The Nation for comment.) But in an era where web videos can spread fast and shape the views of activists and voters, the clips may feed the narrative that Clinton’s tightly-run campaign is shielding her from voters’ scrutiny.

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Arnie Alpert of AFSC had a fantastic article in last weeks Concord Monitor.

The only time I met Bill Clinton was after his commencement speech at the New Hampshire Community Technical College in Stratham in 1993. I was in a field near the campus entrance, waiting behind a rope line in hopes of catching a glimpse or grabbing a handshake with the new president. My goal was to urge him to suspend plans to resume nuclear weapons testing. The memory returned to me while I stood behind a rope at a Canterbury orchard two weeks ago, hoping to talk to Hillary Clinton about nuclear weapons.

The issue is as important as ever. Since 2001, we have been governed by a reckless administration that pulled out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, sought the production of a new generation of nuclear weapons, and adopted a doctrine that endorses first-strike nuclear attacks. There is little doubt that the Bush-Cheney nuclear doctrine is in part responsible for the conclusion other nations have made that they, too, would be stronger if they had the Bomb and could threaten to use it.

If we hope to restrain the proliferation of nuclear weapons and prevent their use, we need a president who will step back from the ideology of pre-emption and first-strike nuclear attacks. We need to de-escalate the arms race and move toward global elimination of nuclear weapons as we pledged to do in the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. This position is now endorsed by Henry Kissinger, George Shultz and Sam Nunn, who have written, “Reassertion of the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons and practical measures toward achieving that goal would be, and would be perceived as, a bold initiative consistent with America’s moral heritage.”

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The US arms industry is backing Hillary Clinton for President and has all but abandoned its traditional allies in the Republican party. Mrs Clinton has also emerged as Wall Street’s favourite. Investment bankers have opened their wallets in unprecedented numbers for the New York senator over the past three months and, in the process, dumped their earlier favourite, Barack Obama.

Mrs Clinton’s wooing of the defence industry is all the more remarkable given the frosty relations between Bill Clinton and the military during his presidency. An analysis of campaign contributions shows senior defence industry employees are pouring money into her war chest in the belief that their generosity will be repaid many times over with future defence contracts.

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