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Clinton & Iran

by J. Orlin Grabbe


1. Bob Strauss led a high-level Democratic delegation to talk to President William Jefferson Clinton. They asked Clinton to withdraw his name as a contender for the 1996 Presidential nomination. They don't want an October Surprise, they said. They said they knew from Kenneth Starr that an indictment of Hillary Clinton would be forthcoming between the Democratic convention and the November election. Apparently other issues, such as that of Clinton's fitness to be President--allegedly including Clinton's excessive use of cocaine--were raised.

Meanwhile, leading Republicans like House Speaker Newt Gingrich know that a second Fifth Column packet has been prepared for Bob Dole. But to this point it would seem they are waiting for someone else to do their job for them. Will there be a revolt at the Republican convention and a push for a new nominee? Or will Republicans twiddle their thumbs until Dole is forced to withdraw from the race?

2. Israeli radio says Israel has been told by the U.S. that it will likely attack Iran soon. According to the Israeli radio station Arutz7:

U.S. LIKELY TO ATTACK IRAN--The United States Army is likely to receive an order in the coming days to attack Iranian targets, including nuclear bases and Iranian ships. This will be in retaliation for Teheran's involvement in the late-June attack against the Marines in Saudi Arabia and the downing of the TWA airliner. The Americans have reported to Israel regarding their plans to attack Iran.

Whether this policy of apparent overkill will have any effect on the threatened Syrian terror campaign in the U.S. is not at all clear.

August 6, 1996
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