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The Slow-Motion Munich Agreement
Commentary Magazine, by Rick Richman

Original Article

Posted By:jpundit, 1/27/2014 1:51:37 PM

In an interview with Robert Gates, posted on Friday, Hugh Hewitt asked the former defense secretary to respond to John Bolton’s characterization of the Iranian deal as another Munich (and Charles Krauthammer’s characterization of it as a catastrophe more cynical than Munich). Gates did not directly respond, but he set forth a procedure designed to prevent it from being one: (snip) [W]hat I would be arguing if I were in the Situation Room is okay, then the negotiations begin on whatever the date, January 25th or whatever. Exactly six months from then, the negotiations stop.

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No one in the Situation Room is arguing that anymore.

      


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Posted By: jpundit- 10/14/2012 3:18:04 PM     Post Reply
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