Getting a bit over heated, are we?
Posted by aogTuesday, 20 February 2007 at 21:14 TrackBack Ping URL

The folk at Hot Air are waxing wroth about this report

There are other emerging fissures, as well. The aggressively photogenic John Edwards was cruising along, detailing his litany of liberal causes last week until, during question time, he invoked the “I” word — Israel. Perhaps the greatest short-term threat to world peace, Edwards remarked, was the possibility that Israel would bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities.

(For the record, Edwards has issued a denial)

I think what we have here is a severe over-reaction, even though I can’t believe I am writing a post defending Senator John Edwards.

Hot Air headlines this with “Edwards: Israel greatest short-term threat to world peace” which is a serious misrepresentation of the quote it is based on. I think it quite plausible that one could see such a bombing as a serious threat to peace without thinking Israel was at fault. Edwards’ walk-back was about Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, but which is really more likely — Iran finishing its nuclear program or Israel bombing them before they can? If you think the latter (which I find a very reasonable view), then what’s wrong with Edwards’ statement?

Now, if Edwards’ proposed resolution was to tell Israel to “don’t worry, be happy”, then one would have a point. Or if he blamed the bombing on Israel’s excessive aggression and Arab hating. But he could as well have followed it with “therefore we, the USA, must fully exert ourselves to stop Iran’s nuclear program efforts before that happens”. Now, I have my suspicions about that sort of thing, but without evidence I think it’s improper to presume them in a public post.

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erp Wednesday, 21 February 2007 at 07:50

The important thing here isn’t that the media is blowing Edwards comments out of proportion, taking his words out of context or even making things up out of whole cloth, the important thing here is that the target is a Democrat who was actually on the last presidential ticket.

Apparently. Edwards, obviously not a media’s darling, is scheduled to be trashed to make room for Hillary, her faithful Igor, Richardson and/or Obama, none of whom will be faulted no matter how many missteps they make.

Annoying Old Guy Wednesday, 21 February 2007 at 08:31

If Senator Clinton is seriously worried about Edwards, she’s doomed.

erp Wednesday, 21 February 2007 at 09:06

As in most things in life, cherchez les bucks. Edwards is siphoning off funds that could be better used elsewhere.

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