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Date: 06/20/2012 Location: Washington, DC Description: Secretary Clinton's Conversations on Diplomacy interview with former Secretary of State James Baker moderated by Charlie Rose in the Ben Franklin Room.  © State Dept Image/Michael Gross

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a lengthy interview on American foreign policy last week (June 20, 2012 — read full transcript here)

Asked about Iran and what the implications of Tehran going ahead and building a nuclear bomb is, Clinton said:

 It’s not only about Iran and about Iran’s intentions, however once tries to discern them. It’s about the arms race that would take place in the region with such unforeseen consequences. Because you name any country with the means, anywhere near Iran that is an Arab country, if Iran has a nuclear weapon – I can absolutely bet on it and know I will win – they will be in the market within hours. And that is going to create a cascade of difficult challenges for us and for Israel and for all of our friends and partners.

In her analysis, she echos other US officials (like former special envoy Sen. John Mitchell — see his statements from March 2012 for example).

However, totally inappropriately, it made me think of Tom Lehrer’s song “Who’s Next

Egypt’s gonna get one too,
Just to use on you know who.
So Israel’s getting tense.
Wants one in self defense.
“The Lord’s our shepherd,” says the psalm,
But just in case, we better get a bomb.
Who’s next?

Luxembourg is next to go,
And (who knows?) maybe Monaco.
We’ll try to stay serene and calm
When Alabama gets the bomb.
Who’s next?

Now, just because it’s a catchy tune doesn’t mean it’s gonna be fun dancing to it! But Tom Lehrer once again proved his genius it would seem…

(And yes, it could be argued that Israel most likely already has acquired a nuclear weapon, but since it did not — as opposed to Iran — spark a nuclear arms race, I am ignoring that for the moment)

More on Iran and their nuclear programme here, and in Technicolor here

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