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dave_p Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-07-07 01:36 AM
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45. Interesting
Fair point as to the succeeding paragraphs: I didn't have them available, otherwise I wouldn't have stated (quite incorrectly) that he didn't discuss the security problem.

I still think he was entirely wrong, though, to praise the decision to go in early and light. We're still living with the consequences of that choice (which was out of his hands). His concerns do seem difficult to reconcile with those comments.

I find it very difficult too to read into his comments about the operation the caution that you suggest: "they certainly made the right call.... Bush & Blair should be proud of their resolve". To me that's a pretty unflinching thumbs-up, when many believed the call was wrong and the resolve a matter for shame.

On WMD, Clark seems to have gone out of his way to cover every possible outcome: only a few months erarlier, he'd declared "There's no question that Saddam Hussein is a threat... Yes, he has chemical and biological weapons. He's had those for a long time". He had no such knowledge. We now know nobody did.

To me the problem is this rather unfocused, often seemingly contradictory manner of covering all the bases. I still find him a somewhat slippery character.

But I thank you for digging out the paragraphs I missed (not intentionally; I don't deliberately distort quotes, as it makes discussing them quite pointless). He did foresee trouble: I'm reassured on that point though still unconvinced on the others.
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