9:45 am Sep. 28, 2012
"I think that sanctions help but they obviously aren't enough," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg today on the question of Iran.
Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited with the mayor at Gracie Mansion. Afterward, the mayor offered a soft endorsement of the Israeli leader's controversial stance that the Obama administration needs to set clear "red lines," which Iran, in its pursuit of nuclear weapons, must not cross.
Today ,he offered a somewhat more explicit approval of Netanyahu's position.
Yesterday, he called Netanyahu's case "compelling" and said that the history of the 20th century teaches us that, "When we say never again we must mean it. And that requires us to draw certain lines before we reach the point of no return so that we don't wake up one day and realize it's too late."
Today, during his regular Friday morning radio show, Bloomberg was even more explicit.
After praising Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her work ethic, he said, "Without red lines, to me, it's all diplo-speak."
"I think that sanctions help but they obviously aren't enough, because Iran keeps doing this and saying these things," he said, adding, "You know, one bomb could take out that whole country. And then, what do you do afterwards?"
Earlier in the program, he said that if America were in Israel's shoes, it would behave much like Netanyahu.
"Sometimes our intelligence isn't as good as you would hope it would be," he said. "So you're never really sure, for sure, how far along they are. And it's a risk that he thinks Israel can't run. And I'm sympathetic in the sense that, if it was America, we would not run that risk."
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