One question, two leading candidates, and no explicit promise that either man would use military force in the event of not one but two more attacks on the United States by al Qaeda. It was only when Williams directed the same question to the Democratic frontrunner, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, that the audience heard a suggestion that the United States might actually take military action if attacked. “I think a president must move as swiftly as is prudent to retaliate,” Clinton said. “If we are attacked and we can determine who was behind that attack, and if there were nations that supported or gave material aid to those who attacked us, I believe we should quickly respond.”Of course, this kind of attitude probably hurts Clinton's chance at the nomination.
Clinton tempered her answer by saying the United States should not “go looking for other fights.” But she made clear she believes the use of force in response to attack is appropriate. “Let’s focus on those who have attacked us,” she said, “and do everything we can to destroy them.”
Apr 27, 2007
Hillary's the only trustworthy Democrat in terms of defense
She's the only one of the top three candidates who'd fight back if we were attacked. Edwards and Obama likely wouldn't.