Irony: Hillary Clinton Warns Iran Not To Intervene In The Affairs Of Other Nations

Sometimes, you just can’t make this stuff up:

PARIS: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Iran on Saturday to stop meddling in Bahrain and other Arab states in the Gulf, but also called on the kingdom’s leaders not to use force against anti-government protesters.

Clinton said the United States “has an abiding commitment to Gulf security” and that “a top priority is working together with our partners on our shared concerns about Iranian behavior in the region.”

“We share the view that Iran’s activities in the Gulf, including its efforts to advance its agenda in neighboring countries, undermines peace and stability,” she told reporters after an international conference on the crisis in Libya. At that meeting, she met with numerous Arab officials who complained that Iran was fomenting unrest Bahrain and elsewhere.

Translation: Don’t meddle with our meddling.


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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. john personna says:

    Not ironic at all if you understand that she is speaking from power, and not moral authority.

  2. John,

    I know that, but ever since the folly of Wilson’s intervention in Europe Americans have lived under the illusion that our form of interventionism was different from the amoral, power-based, realpolitik practiced by the rest of the world.

  3. john personna says:

    Seriously? That’s why we bought the aluminium tube story, and rejected the Downing Street memos?