Hillary Does About-Face on Iran

Or does she? Depends on the meaning of 'with no conditions'
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2007 11:33 AM CDT
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps commanders chant slogans during their meeting with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, not pictured, in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 11, 2007. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton told a voter in an apple orchard yesterday that she would negotiate with Iran “with no conditions”—the very statement for which she took Barack Obama to the woodshed in July, calling him "naive." The difference? Her campaign tells the AP she doesn't agree with Obama that the US "should precommit to meeting directly with Ahmadinejad.”

Clinton further claimed that her vote last month to brand Iran's Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization was meant to gain negotiating ground. Clinton's rivals have knocked that vote, calling it similar to her 2002 vote to authorize war in Iraq—not to mention setting the stage for a military incursion next door in Tehran.