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June 21, 2012 10:55 am

James Baker’s Iran Comments Put Clinton in Akward Position on Charlie Rose (VIDEO)

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James Baker and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Charlie Rose: Photo: youtube.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and James Baker, a seasoned American diplomat who once led the State Department, appeared on Charlie Rose Wednesday evening to discuss the top priorities of U.S. diplomacy around the world.

Towards the end of the discussion, which was held in Washington, Baker and Clinton spoke about the necessity of preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, noting that containment is not an option, and in the opinion of Baker, any military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities should come from the United States because the U.S. is the only country with the ability to stop Iran’s program with force.

“We out to try every possible avenue we can to see if we can get them to correct their desire and goal of acquiring a nuclear weapon, but we cannot let them acquire that weapon,” Baker said.

Baker, whose career includes posts as the Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of State, and White House Chief of Staff, concluded that if the U.S. administration’s current policies do not work in stopping Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, “we ought to take them out”.

Charlie Rose quickly went to Hillary Clinton for a response, which drew huge laughter from herself, as well as the crowd.

To watch part of Charlie Roses’s interview with Baker and Clinton, click below.

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  • Mikhail

    Both of them are an embarassment to Americans. Both of them are loyal to foreign governments more so than they are to America. As such, I suspect the other two posters here supporting their war mongering are also loyal to a foreign gov….in a tribal sort of way.

  • Ben

    Perhaps you should watch it again. From my standpoint I hear a lot of “What Jim said is right” rather then just “we can take Iran out”. I think you are nit-picking in a situation where we don’t see many people talking together from the various sides of the spectrum.

    Seemed like a fairly beneficial discussion.

  • Ron Agam

    I love these James Baker comments, as they may be the clearest indication that if the US takes down the Iranian nuclear sites , it will have a huge bipartisan support. BRAVO!