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  •  I saw him say this on C-SPAN too: (6+ / 0-)

    It's on the C-SPAN website as Fmr. Pres. Jimmy Carter Press Conference (4/04/2007) -- the rtsp link (video for Real Player / mplayer / etc.) is rtsp://

    About 3 minutes into the clip--rough transcript:

    CNN: Speaker Pelosi's visit with President Assad today: her expressing concerns about Hamas, Hezbollah; her expressing concerns about foreign fighters crossing into Iraq from Syria; the relaying of a message from Israel to Syria about, indeed, the desire
    to open peace talks: do you believe she's being essentially a more effective emmisary to the Middle East than Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice?

    Jimmy Carter: Well I wouldn't want to compare the two women, no, but I was very pleased when I learned that the Speaker would go to Syria. It's long overdue, as a matter of fact, as I wrote in a book that was published last year. I was scheduled to go to Syria on the same trip as to monitor one of the Palestinian elections because I have known the President al-Assad since he was a college student, and I thought it might be helpful if I went and urged him to support the peace process. But for the only time in my life as a former President I was ordered by the White House not to go. I know that earlier other members of Congress have gone, both Democrats and Republicans, and I was glad that she went.

    •  If it wasn't clear before (2+ / 0-)
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      it should be obvious now. This neo-con driven administration wants war. Others are growing very weary of it and want it to end.

      Journalist John Pilger recalled how he interviewed neo-conservative Richard Perle during the Reagan administration.

      "I interviewed Perle when he was advising Reagan; and when he spoke about 'total war', I mistakenly dismissed him as mad. He recently used the term again in describing America's 'war on terror'. 'No stages,' he said. 'This is total war.' We are fighting a variety of enemies. There are lots of them out there. All this talk about first we are going to do Afghanistan, then we will do Iraq ... this is entirely the wrong way to go about it. If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don't try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war... or children will sing great songs about us years from now."

      Source is here - page 5 (PDF)

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