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Hillary Clinton warned Iran during the primaries that the US (presumably if she led it) would obliterate Iran if it attacked Israel. Curtis LeMay would have been proud of her, although even he allowed prospective targets to return to the Stone Age, not disappear entirely from the face of the earth. How many other politicians have made such an outrageous threat to eliminate 80 or so million people if their government or a suspected element thereof attacks a third country? Is this merely a bit of the harsh rhetoric that Mr. Scheer expects we will no longer hear from her? Now that she's on the verge of becoming secretary of state, we need to explain to any potential Iranian advocates of the Bush Doctrine that it was just rhetoric and that Iran should not immediately attack US interests pre-emptively.