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Clinton's Iran Attack Comments Contradict Earlier Statements

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Hillary Clinton caused a stir yesterday with her controversial remarks about Iran. Clinton said we would "totally obliterate" Iran if they ever attacked Israel with nuclear weapons.

She defended these comments later that night on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. (Watch the video here.)

Today, Jake Tapper of ABC News notes that her Iran threats are quite a departure from, even contradicting, her earlier, cautious statements:

During a debate on MSNBC last October, moderator Brian Williams asked Clinton what her "red line" would be "concerning when to, if to attack Iran? What would make it crystal-clear in your mind that the United States should attack Iran?"

Clinton at the time wouldn't answer the question, even when pressed by Williams, who had to come back at her after she gave a lengthy non-responsive answer.
"Respectfully, Senator," Williams said, "same question though: Do you have a threshold...?

Clinton would only say, "I want to start diplomacy....I am not going to speculate about when or if they get nuclear weapons."