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Friday, August 16, 2002

This Story About The Letter is Disturbing

But I don't see that the Times has picked it up. What the Times does have is this story of a split among Republicans. Brent Scowcroft, National Security Advisor to Bush 41, says that world opinion demands that we deal with Palestine first. Among the responses:

"Richard N. Perle, a former Reagan administration official and one of the leading hawks who has been orchestrating an urgent approach to attacking Iraq, said today that Mr. Scowcroft's arguments were misguided and naïve.

"I think Brent just got it wrong," he said by telephone from France. "The failure to take on Saddam after what the president said would produce such a collapse of confidence in the president that it would set back the war on terrorism."

This "we talked the talk; now we have to walk the walk" view is somewhat central to my own sense of where this freight train is headed.

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