Obama, McCain: Military option in Iran relevant
US presidential hopefuls address Iranian nuclear threat in two separate interviews. Democratic candidate says will consider strike in extreme case, McCain says will attack before being attacked
Yitzhak Benhorin | September 22, 2008
The two United States presidential hopefuls, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain, firmly addressed the Iranian nuclear threat in two different interviews aired Sunday night on CBS’s “60 Minutes.”
Democratic candidate Obama promised to examine every option, “including military, to prevent them from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” while his Republican rival McCain spoke about the possibility of a preemptive war against Iran.
Obama was asked whether a nuclear-armed Iran was a direct threat to the US. His answer was direct and clear: “Yes. I think that a nuclear armed Iran is not just a threat to us, it’s a threat to Israel. And it is a game changer in the region. It’s unacceptable. And that’s why I’ve said that I won’t take any options off the table, including military, to prevent them from obtaining a nuclear weapon.