Hillary Clinton arrives in Thailand on Tuesday. She will attend the ASEAN security conference in Phuket, opening Thursday.
Do we smell an arms buildup? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went on the record Wednesday as suggesting a “defense umbrella” for U.S. allies in the Middle East if Iran succeeds in building a nuclear weapon, which would invariably lead to an increase—or “upgrade”—of arms as well as a step toward policies of that reek of Cold War-style containment.
Hillary Clinton today outlined how the US may go about containing a nuclear-armed Iran by extending a “defence umbrella” to US allies in the region.
The US secretary of state, speaking on the way to a security summit in Thailand, later said she was not suggesting a new policy. But her comments marked the first time a senior US official has publicly contemplated the option of containment in the event of Iran’s succeeding in building a nuclear weapon.
Until today such an option was a taboo subject among US government officials and their British counterparts, who have insisted Iran would be ultimately stopped from constructing a warhead.