March 31, 2009
"You don't want a messianic, apocalyptic cult controlling atomic bombs."
Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview shortly before being sworn in as Prime Minister of Israel, stressing that the U.S. must stop Iran's nuclear drive or else Israel may have to take matters into its own hands
"They agreed to stay in touch."
Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, while visiting the Hague, telling reporters that Afghanistan-Pakistan envoy Richard Holbrooke and Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister had a quick chat there
The hawkish incoming Israeli Prime Minister delivers a stark message to President Obama: If his Administration doesn't prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, Israel may be forced to attack. On a decidedly different note, Hillary Clinton suggests that progress is being made in communications with the Iranians by announcing that U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke had a "brief and cordial exchange" with Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister during a one-day conference on Afghanistan in the Hague. Iran later downplays the incident, with a top official saying there were no "talks" with Holbrooke at the conference. All this news comes as the Obamas land in London ahead of the G-20 conference there, kicking off an eight-day European tour.
Back in Washington, many are thinking, Not again! as news breaks that Health and Human Services Secretarynominee Kathleen Sebelius reportedly paid back taxes of more than $7,000, apparently stemming from "unintentional errors" revealed during her accountant's review of recent tax returns. The error does not appear to jeopardize her confirmation.