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  •  Sounds like Edwards is trying to channel Clark (1+ / 0-)
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    Not very successfully, I'll say. He just doesn't understand the fundamental concepts behind what Clark has said.

    Wes Clark on Fox New 2/5/06:

    (snip).....that's the problem with the military option, Eric. It's that once we take action, Ahmedinejad probably becomes stronger domestically. There's no assurance that you can get regime change and the historical record of countries that have been bombed suggests that when you bomb a country, normally people rally around the leader. In this case, it would be most unfortunate, but it could happen.

    And after we had set back their nuclear program by taking out a number of sites, there's no reason to think that AQ Khan in Pakistan and his cohort couldn't provide them the additional information, that some other nation might not have an incentive to smuggle in highly enriched uranium.

    They could be back where we started much sooner than if they rebuilt the program entirely on their own. So that's the risk of the military option - leaving an embittered, angered Iran which is determined to seek revenge and get it.

    The 'carrots and sticks' thing is another direct quote.

    I guess he recognized that his AIPAC affiliations weren't real popular with Democrats as a whole.

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