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Parag Khanna: Talking with them [Syria and Iran] doesn’t mean not having sanctions on them. We would continue to have sanctions the way we do now.

It is just the question of making progress while those sanctions are in place. We had sanctions on Iraq for a long time; we didn’t make a great deal of progress in dismantling the way we claim; or George Bush claimed that we didn’t make any progress in dismantling the Weapons of Mass Destruction program, just why he claimed.

We have to go back. And again, the sanctions alone don’t do much. When we talked earlier about hard and soft power, I said it is a whole combination of things that have to happen simultaneously; well this is an example of that.

Recorded on: 3/3/2008

 

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