January 9, 2009
barry answers a question about national security, torture and Iran.
BARRY: I was clear throughout this campaign and through this transition that under my administration the United States does not torture. We will abide by the Geneva Conventions. That we will uphold our highest values and ideals. And that is a clear charge that I’ve given to Admiral Blair and to Leon Panetta. And, I think it is important for us to do that, not only because that’s who we are, but also will ultimately make us safer. And will help in changing hearts and minds in our struggle against extremists.
With respect to Iran. I will have more to say about Iran after January 20. I have said in the past, during the course of the campaign, that Iran is a genuine threat to US National Security. But I’ve also said that we should be willing to initiate diplomacy as a mechanism to achieve our national security goals.
And my national security team is reflective of that practical, pragmatic approach to foreign policy. And when we have a policy towards Iran that has been shaped by my national security team – we will release it.
He’s already trying to pawn it off on his team even though he says the change will come from him. And note his use of “does not” not WILL NOT. He knows exactly what he is saying and is still trying to obamanate 11 days before he becomes president. It is going to be a very rude awakening…for him, The American People and the world.
Watch his previous stumps on Iran. One day it’s a tiny country that doesn’t pose a serious threat and the next day it’s a grave threat. What do you think he’ll settle on come Jan 21st? Here’s a few more of his favorite poll-directed, politically expedient stances.
May 18, 2008: Iran, Cuba and Venezuela- these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don’t pose a serious threat to us.
May 19, 2008: Let me be absolutely clear: Iran is a grave threat.
May 20, 2008: This obsession with Ahmadinejad is an example of us losing track of what’s important.