June 5th, 2007
08:03 PM ET
11 years ago

Gilmore: All options on the table with Iran

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Gov. Jim Gilmore, R-Virginia, said "all options are on the table" regarding Iran's desire to have nuclear weapons.

Gilmore told the audience at CNN's New Hampshire debate between Republican presidential candidates that he would follow a dual approach in dealing with Iran, including communication with the Iranians.

We need to communicate directly with the Iranians," Gilmore said.

He also said he would work with the European allies on "appropriate sanctions."

–CNN political researcher Xuan Thai

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  1. Dave, Naples, NY

    All options except one? Peace? Only Dr. Ron Paul is the champion of true peace in the Middle East. Listen to the rest of these guys falling over themselves to declare "Nuclear first strike" ability or "I'm the friendliest to the Military" slavishness. Only the Champion of the Constitution has the American People's best interest in mind, Ron Paul.

    June 5, 2007 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. Robert Elliott, Indianapolis area, IN

    Mr. Gilmore, I think you missed an opportunity to elevate yourself to the level of a true Statesman, such as Dwight Eisenhower. On this anniversary of D-Day, I think it is good to reflect on his contributions.

    From the man himself, from http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/speeches/Eisenhower_speeches.html

    Canadian Club, Ottawa, Canada, January 10, 1946 "I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity."

    Abilene Homecoming June 4, 1952 "The real fire within the builders of America was faith - faith in a Provident God whose hand supported and guided them: faith in themselves as the children of God ... faith in their country and its principles that proclaimed man's right to freedom and justice."

    First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1953 "A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."

    State of the Union Address, February 2, 1953 "There is–in world affairs–a steady course to be followed between an assertion of strength that is truculent and a confession of helplessness that is cowardly."

    "The Chance for Peace" Address, April 16, 1953 "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed....This is not a way of life at all...Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."

    President Dwight Eisenhower, November 8, 1954 "Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."

    Press Conference, Washington, D.C., August 31, 1955 "The world moves, and ideas that were good once are not always good."

    Radio and TV Address, September 19, 1956 "The only way to win World War III is to prevent it."

    Campaign Speech, Los Angeles, CA, October 19, 1956 "The final battle against intolerance is to be fought–not in the chambers of any legislature–but in the hearts of men."

    TV Talk with Prime Minister Macmillan, August 31, 1959 "I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of their way and let them have it."

    Dwight D. Eisenhower Library Ground-breaking Ceremonies, October 13, 1959 "When this Library is filled with documents, and scholars come here to probe into some of the facts of the past half century, I hope that they as we today, are concerned primarily with the ideas, principles, and trends that provide guides to a free, rich peaceful future in which all people can achieve ever-rising levels of human well-being."

    Farewell Address, Radio and TV, January 17, 1961 "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military- industrial complex."

    Also, I highly recommend reading:
    The Middle East and Islamic World Reader
    By Marvin E. Gettleman
    Release date: By 04 April, 2003

    June 6, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |