February 15th, 2010
09:15 AM ET
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Clinton: Iran heading toward 'military dictatorship'

Clinton fears Iran is heading toward 'military dictatorship.'
Clinton fears Iran is heading toward 'military dictatorship.'

(CNN) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that she fears Iran "is moving to a military dictatorship," and urged allies to back efforts to help change its course.

Clinton was responding to a question about whether the United States was getting ready for military action in Iran during a session broadcast by Arabic-language network Al-Jazeera.

"No, we are planning to bring the world community together," Clinton said at the town hall meeting in Doha, Qatar. She warned that the United States "will not stand by idly" while Tehran threatens neighbors and world.

Clinton reiterated her concern about Iran in a discussion with reporters later Monday.

"I think the civilian leadership is either preoccupied with its internal domestic political situation or ceding ground to the revolutionary guard, and that's a deeply concerning development," she said.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but.....

    "Iran has a religious government. Good for them."
    -Frank Zappa

    Have a nice day!

    February 15, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    "Heading" is not the correct word. "Has become", is more descriptive.

    To be precise, has become a "religious based war machine".

    February 15, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Conservative Voice

    Please, the military is a puppet for radical Islam....unless you were born in a cave... crawled out from under a rock...or are a liberal you know this...the people running Iran are not afraid to murder the entire planet, themselves included....

    February 15, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Moderate

    This is chilling. Guess we shouldn't have faught a war in Iraq huh???

    February 15, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The World community (Israel) will take action against Iran and others will follow.

    February 15, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Jimmy James

    Heading toward? In other news, water is still wet.

    February 15, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. ted

    I am proud of the Obama administration for at least taking proactive action to deal with Iran. It is hard to deal with such a dictator like Mahmound Amindenjad, but sanctions agreed upon by everyone including Russia and China would be a good thing.

    The Bush/Cheney fiasco took a stupid line of you meet our requests or else. Jerks. They could have dealt with it, but they chose not to.

    February 15, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Andi

    She is correct. It's pretty obvious where they are heading, and it is a danger, globally.

    Unfortunately, all powerful nations have had a hand in creating this type of environment that makes absolute power so desirable. It's been going on since Ancient times, but the weapons of today make it a much more dire concern to all. There are groups in every country that would love to be in a situation like this (total control), but stabler nations have laws and communications networks that prevent it (at least for now).

    The selfish, greedy nature of humankind is almost completely universal.

    February 15, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Mark L.

    Like the old song goes, courtesy of the legendary surfing Rock Band, the Beach Boys, "Bar, Bar, Bar, Bar, Barbara Ann..."...Oops...NOPE... I meant, "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran..."....LOL...{:o)

    February 15, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. virginia nielsen

    The strong people of Iran are going to take care of their own future !!! No worries because the majority of them is very young...is going to have a lot of blood in the streets but , I believe, they are going to get rid of that old, disfunctional government very soon...

    February 15, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. Stallion

    Iran just seems to be itching for a fight.......I think that it will take a lot more than sanctions to stop their nuclear desires......seems to me that all the other middle eastern countries should be screaming bloody murder right now....why aren't they?

    February 15, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |