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Late Edition: Armitage On Leaking Plame's Identity And Smart Power

[media id=3180] [media id=3181] (thanks to Dan for vids) What an amazingly refreshing and grown up admission from a former member of the Bush Admin

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What an amazingly refreshing and grown up admission from a former member of the Bush Administration. When shown a clip of Valerie Plame Wilson castigating him for revealing her identity to Robert Novak by Wolf Blitzer, former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has really only one thing to say: She's right.

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In the second clip, Wolf asks Armitage about his work with the CSIS Commission on "Smart Power." Armitage's response to the way that Bush & Co. have prosecuted the "War on Terror" sounds amazingly like a *gasp!* progressive position:

BLITZER: Are you suggesting that the “War on Terror” is not the central component of U.S. policy right now?

ARMITAGE: There’s two different things. I’m suggesting that it perhaps shouldn’t be. The fact that we make a war on “terror”--which I think is a bit of a misnomer—perhaps it should be a war on extremism, certainly Islamic extremism right now—is keeping us from focusing on other issues, both domestic and international. Look, these terrorists want to hurt us; they’re a real and growing threat. But absent the availability of WMDs to them, they don’t pose an existential threat to us. This is not like fascism during the second world war or communism. The threat they pose to us is whether we in response to their activities will actually do harm to ourselves by changing our way of life, by suspending writs of habeas corpus and by engaging in such activities as torture.

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