NEWS & OPINION: Putin, Clinton, and the GOP buffoons on Iran and the end of the world

Putin: no proof Iran is trying to make nuclear weapons

There is no proof Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons programme, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, said today.

But he said Tehran should make its atomic activity “as transparent as possible”.

“We do not have data that says Iran is trying to produce nuclear weapons. We do not have such objective data,” Mr Putin told a news conference in Paris after talks with the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy. [complete article]

Bomb, bomb Iran

Hillary seemed rattled.

Up until now, she has displayed remarkable imperturbability — gliding along with the help of good lighting, a hearty guffaw and a clever husband.

But on Sunday in New Hampton, Iowa, Hillary lost her cool at last. Sparring with a voter on Iran, she sounded defensive and paranoid.

A Democrat, Randall Rolph, asked Senator Clinton why he should back her when she did not learn her lesson after voting to authorize W. to use force in Iraq. He did not understand how she could have voted yea to urge W. to label Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, possibly setting the stage for more Cheney chicanery. [complete article]

Thompson warns of ‘Islamic fascism’

Fred Thompson, the actor and ex-senator who has joined the Republican race for the US presidency, has vowed to halt the spread of “Islamic fascism” during a televised debate with his party rivals.

Thompson said “It is a global war – Islamic fascism has declared it upon us,” during the debate with his eight rivals in Michigan on Tuesday.

“They play by no rules and they are intent on bringing down Western civilisation and the United States of America,” said Thompson, famous for his role in the Law & Order television series.

Mitt Romney, a frontrunner, said Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, was a “rogue and a buffoon”. [complete article]

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