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Clark Marching Backwards

Matt Drudge comes up with another one: Wesley Clark, who claims that he’s “been against this war from the beginning,” is quoted from a transcript of testimony he gave the Congressional Armed Services Committee:

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. But the United States right now is on a very much different defensive posture than we were before September 11th of 2001… He is, as far as we know, actively pursuing nuclear capabilities, though he doesn’t have nuclear warheads yet. If he were to acquire nuclear weapons, I think our friends in the region would face greatly increased risks as would we.


And, I want to underscore that I think the United States should not categorize this action as preemptive. Preemptive and that doctrine has nothing whatsoever to do with this problem. As Richard Perle so eloquently pointed out, this is a problem that’s longstanding. It’s been a decade in the making. It needs to be dealt with and the clock is ticking on this.

His testimony was given September 26, 2002, long before the invasion.

Clark and Dean are doing all they can to talk Richard Gephardt into the nomination.

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