In an effort to calm the mounting Jewish communal furor over this mess, Wesley Clark sent the ADL’s Abe Foxman the following letter:
January 9, 2007
Abraham H. Foxman National Director Anti-Defamation League New York, NY
Dear Mr. Foxman:
I really enjoyed our conversation yesterday and look forward to our continuing relationship.
As we discussed, I believe that the United States today finds itself in a pivotal position as we seek to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
We need to get our strategy right. Challenging the threat posed by Iran’s quest for regional hegemony and nuclear capabilities requires a multi-faceted strategy. There is still time for direct dialogue, and the United States should take the lead. There are no guarantees that such a dialogue would be successful; and the option to use force should not be taken off the table. It has been my experience that diplomacy has always been America’s most effective tool and that force should be used only as a last resort.
My position on Iran should not be misinterpreted, defined out of context or used to create conspiracy theories about one group’s influence on U.S. foreign policy. There is no place in these critical policy debates for Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that blame the Jewish community for the war in Iraq and for action against Iran.
A nuclear-armed Iran would pose a grave risk to the United States and our allies, including Israel.
I will not tolerate anti-Semitic conspiracy webs to permeate the honest debate Americans must have about how best to confront Iran.
I look forward to working with you and others in the American Jewish community to ensure that Iran does not become a nuclear threat to the United States , Israel, and our allies.
Wesley K. Clark