Taken from Foreign Policy Magazine.
1. “I have always said that all options are on table, but the first option for the United States is to solve this problem diplomatically. That is why we’ve been pursuing multilateral diplomacy.”
2. “The Iranians and the Syrians are acting irresponsibly inside Iraq. They perceive that it is a way to leverage or impact or weaken us at a time when they’re worried about United States action in a broader context.”
3. “Our opposition to Iran’s intolerance and Iran’s repressive measures, as well as its illicit nuclear program and its support of terror, is well known.”
4. “We need more sanctions. The next step is for the Europeans and the United States and Russia and China to understand that diplomacy only works if there are consequences.… And what the Middle East does not need is a nuclear arms race.”
5. “[Iran’s leaders are] a tough, tough crowd to negotiate with. They’ve got the classic ‘principal-to-non-principal’ negotiating strategy available for them.”
6. “If Iran respects its international obligations and embraces freedom and tolerance, it will have no better friend than the United States of America.”
7. “Iran, Cuba, Venezuela — these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don’t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us.”
8. “The doctrine of prevention is to work together to prevent the Iranians from having a nuclear weapon.… I know here in Washington prevention means force. It doesn’t mean force necessarily. In this case it means diplomacy.”
9. “Iran’s nuclear program — a threat that has the potential to bring together the worst rhetoric about Israel’s destruction with the world’s most dangerous weapons.”
10. “You, too, have a choice. The United States wants the Islamic Republic of Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations. You have that right — but it comes with real responsibilities, and that place cannot be reached through terror or arms, but rather through peaceful actions that demonstrate the true greatness of the Iranian people and civilization.”
11. “This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous. And having said that, all options are on the table.”
12. “We’ve got a leader in Iran who has announced that he wants to destroy Israel.… So I’ve told people that, if you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.”
13. “Should the Iranian regime — do they have the sovereign right to have civilian nuclear power?… If I were you, that’s what I’d ask me. And the answer is, yes, they do.”
14. “We stand with the girl who yearns to go to school in Afghanistan; we support the human rights of the women marching through the streets of Iran; and we advocate for the young man denied a job by corruption in Guinea. For America must always stand on the side of freedom and human dignity.”
15. “Our message to the people of Iran is clear: We have no quarrel with you, we respect your traditions and your history, and we look forward to the day when you have your freedom.
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Don’t miss this article published by The Guardian comparing the “Obama Doctrine” to the “Bush Doctrine”. Also recommended is this piece by the New York Times: “Echoes of Bush in Obama’s Libya Speech“.