Speed Reading 'the War Within': Telling It Straight

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THE PLANK SEPTEMBER 11, 2008

Speed Reading 'the War Within': Telling It Straight

Woodward's book is strikingly silent on the Other War Within--over North Korea and Iran policy. Here's one of the few times he does address Iran:

"I think we need to do something to get engaged with these guys," Fallon said. Iraq shared a 900-mile border with Iran, and he needed guidance and a strategy for dealing with the Iranians.

"Well," Bush said, "these are assholes."

Fallon was stunned. Declaring them "assholes" was not a strategy. Lots of words and ideas were thrown around at the meeting, especially about the Iranian leaders. They were bad, evil, out of touch with their people. But no one offered a real approach. No one wanted to touch diplomatic engagement.

Their policy does have the benefit of clarity...

--Barron YoungSmith

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