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If America is no longer occupying Iraq and America is leaving, both Syria and Iran have an obvious in interest in their being some level of stability in Iraq. Politics Interview with John Edwards. It's the first I hear anything about it. When you say we have to be a calming presence in that region, what do you mean? Elizabeth Edwards: My only criticism is that you did not talk about training outside of Iraq, the training of security forces. She didn't understand. That is absolutely not true. You were among those who voted to authorize the use of military force A. And simultaneously with that we should be building an international consensus that I believe can be constructed, and I will come back to that in a minute, on how to respond if in fact genocide breaks out. That is the range I was thinking then and still think. I don't know what he did or why he did it. And I told him it was a sad day for his country and for the democracy movement within his country, and I thought that it was really important moment for him and for Pakistan. Then, as aggressively as can reasonably be achieved, to continue a steady redeployment until all combat troops are out in roughly nine to ten months. I do not believe it would be the appropriate thing to do to put American troops on the ground in Sudan where there is clearly been a genocide going on in western Sudan and Darfar. So if you are asking me would the quick reaction forces be available for that. I was at the Beverly Hilton. Well, you're the one who made the point. If there was political movement on the part of the Iraqi leadership and they were beginning to reconcile, and if they said they still needed American forces there to secure the country, would you reassess your views? So I think they have their own countries interest in helping to provide stability if--and it is a big if--if American is leaving. Do we at this juncture a moral responsibility to safeguard the interests of the Iraqi population? But yeah, I didn't think anyone would ever know about it. Because the election won't mean a thing if they don't have opposition parties, if they are not secure, if it is not verifiable, if they're not open and fair. All of which fed a self-focus, an egotism, a narcissism that leads you to believe that you can do whatever you want. I think that my family is entitled to every detail. I'm not saying she thought it was okay, I'm not saying that, but she did forgive me. Of course. Over the past year we certainly had some success in dampening the violence and reducing civilian casualties. We made a request. And I think what that we have failed to do, first of all, in the lead-up to Iraq, and as best I can tell we haven't done now, is we have not engaged the international community in a constructive way for a unified international response if this humanitarian crisis were to begin. Edwards: Oh No. LOG IN. We have got to make sure the elections are open and fair, and are verifiable and secure. I think the responsibility of the president as the commander in chief is to think about this incredibly important issue of Iraq and what do to in Iraq, but to think about it in the context of what it means for America's leadership in the world. That's the reason I went. I can't tell you based on circumstances that I don't know what they would be at that point of time. At the moment--remember this is just hours after the assassination--he had not made a decision. You would be president a little more than year from now. And then I did the three things you heard me talk about. Last, we need to develop an expertise that does not appear to exist today, at least not in the depth that it needs to exist in our government, on Pakistan and the intricacies of what is happening in Pakistan. I said do you plan to go forward with the elections? It has to be considered in the context of how America should be leading and the kind of foreign policy we should be conducting over the long term. And now we go back to what I said at the very outset. Number one, there have certainly been studies indicating that when an American embedded trainer is in an Iraqi unit that they become so dependent on that trainer that they do not develop their own self-sufficiency. How long did it take to return your call? Because we have no real education system our kids get educated in places that does not make them open to what America represents. Adulation, respect, admiration. We made a number of mistakes A.
The following is a transcript of an interview by Michael Gordon of The New York Times with John Edwards, conducted Sunday on the Edwards campaign bus as it drove between campaign stops in western Iowa. Some of the questions have been edited for brevity and clarity. When you wrote the Washington Post op-ed article in November in which you recanted your vote authorizing military action you also stressed the importance of ending the mission honorably, which you defined as leaving an Iraq behind that was relatively stable. You had a three-pronged plan to steer reconstruction work to the Iraqis, begin a gradual process of withdrawal and establish a more efficient program of training the Iraqi forces. Why did you believe at that point in time that this was the best course of action? John Edwards: You have to understand the construct in which I think about this in a bigger picture. I think the responsibility of the president as the commander in chief is to think about this incredibly important issue of Iraq and what do to in Iraq, but to think about it in the context of what it means for America's leadership in the world. I think it is a critical component of how we reestablish ourselves as the kind of moral leader in the world that is essential for there to be stability of the world. Because we are the preeminent power, when America is not leading there is a huge vacuum of leadership and Iraq plays a significant role, but not the only part in how we reestablish that moral leadership. So, number one, that is the bigger context in which I think about the entire Iraq question. It was two years ago, and I believed at the time that there were a number of things we needed to be doing, including those things that you just described. I have not read the op-ed for a long period of time, but I would be willing to bet that I proposed taking out eight to ten brigades. You did not have a specific number, but you said a significant number of forces. That is the range I was thinking then and still think. And the reason for that is that I thought we were confronted with very difficult choices, none of which were attractive, and my job and the Commander in Chief's responsibility is to maximize the changes of success, especially in the context of the bigger worldview. I don't think you can treat Iraq as hugely important, but you cannot deal with it in isolation. It has to be considered in the context of how America should be leading and the kind of foreign policy we should be conducting over the long term. How did you go from a plan that emphasized the gradual reduction of forces and training of Iraqi forces to a plan that calls for removing all of the forces within ten months? Because it is now two years later. At that point, what I was suggesting was, again let me go back to the bigger picture. The question from my perspective is that I have never believed that there was a military solution in Iraq, don't believe it today. I think the issue is how do you maximize the chances of achieving a political reconciliation between Sunni and Shia because I think that political reconciliation is the foundation for any long-term stability in Iraq. They have now, at this moment, had well over four and a half years to make some serious progress toward a political solution. They have not done it, and so what we have been doing has not worked. It clearly has not worked. And my view is that we need to shift the responsibility to them, make it clear that we are leaving. That is where the eight to ten brigades come from. Then, as aggressively as can reasonably be achieved, to continue a steady redeployment until all combat troops are out in roughly nine to ten months. Now I am not married to that specific timetable. If my military leadership came to me and said we need another month or some additional time, I would certainly take that into consideration what they are saying. But it is my job as commander in chief to set the policy parameters, which is exactly what I was doing. Under your concept you also withdraw the American trainers and advisers who have been working to build the new Iraqi army and police. That's correct. Why did you decide on that? There are some people who have been critical of the Bush administration's approach like the Iraq Study group, which was co-chaired by former Secretary of State James Baker and former Congressman Lee Hamilton, that called for withdrawing combat brigades but simultaneously expanding the training effort. What effect do you think your plan would have on Iraqi forces? I'd say a couple of things about it. Number one, there have certainly been studies indicating that when an American embedded trainer is in an Iraqi unit that they become so dependent on that trainer that they do not develop their own self-sufficiency. Secondly, if we were going to actually going to do what was necessary to continue this training operation we would have to have somewhere between 40, and 60, troops to support them--to protect them, support them logistically, all of the above. And to me that is a continuation of the occupation of Iraq. And now we go back to what I said at the very outset. The continued occupation of Iraq undermines everything America has to do to reestablish ourselves as a country that should be followed, that should be a leader. One of the most comprehensive studies on this was done in September by General Jim Jones. I know General Jones. And he looked at this and said the Iraqi security forces cannot stand entirely on their own in the next twelve to eighteen months and that for the foreseeable future they would depend on air support, logistics, intelligence--these sorts of enablers that are provided by the Americans. Wouldn't your plan essentially pull the rug out from underneath the nascent Iraqi security force while we are trying to transfer more responsibility onto their shoulders? I think it is a fair question. My judgment is that the critical component is not military. The critical component is political. Even Bush said when he proposed the surge that the purpose for the surge was to create a security environment that would allow some serious security progress. Well, we have had some diminution in violence--no doubt about that--I think in part because Baghdad is largely a Shia city now, and the ethnic groups have been segregated. But, the bottom line is that there has been some diminution in violence and still there has been absolutely no political progress.
And the one in January examined a scenario in which American forces would be withdrawn in twelve to eighteen months, the life of the estimate. I don't know who that baby is, I have no idea what that picture is. Self-focus, self-importance. You were among those who voted to authorize the use of military force A. I alone am responsible for it. It's what happened with me and I think happens unfortunately more often sometimes with other people. Oh yeah. It means the way you interact with the other leader. The truth is you can't possibly beat me up more than I have already beaten myself up. In the bus? He remembered our meeting from years ago in Islamabad. That is a very important question for the president of the United States because it is very much a judgment call. And there's also a lot of these you know supermarket tabloid allegations are just lies, they're complete lies. As I have said many times today already I think that has to be taken with a lot of cynicism given his history. But it is my job as commander in chief to set the policy parameters, which is exactly what I was doing. I think our troops there would actually do more harm than good. I urged him to continue the democratization process, and he assured me he would. I think that's where it stops in terms of the public because I think everything else is within my family and those privacy boundaries ought to be respected. I was at the Beverly Hilton. An absolute lie, which is typical of these types of publications. Iraq has changed a great deal in the past year. What I told you is exactly what I would plan to do as president. And there will be no consequences. This is what happened. Now I am not married to that specific timetable. The question is how long does that moral responsibility continue and at what juncture is it the right decision to end what we have been doing and shift that responsibility to them. Well, go ahead. Yes, but that is a judgment that I would make under the circumstances having already done the very difficult spade work between the place we are today and that place so that we would know who is with us, who is willing to participate, what the parameters of our involvement would be. I think our marriage will not only survive but be strong. At that point, what I was suggesting was, again let me go back to the bigger picture. Do you think we have a moral responsibility at this juncture to safeguard the Iraqi population? And again, I always said this to you, I don't think I'm going to go through the details of this, I already did it with Elizabeth-- uh, she was hired to come in and produce films and that's the reason she was hired. In a number of your presentation including to the Council on Foreign Relations you also talked about keeping a quick reaction force in the region and one of their missions would not be merely to respond to terrorists but to respond to genocide. I would not do that. And the fact that she is with me after this having happened is a testament to the kind of woman and the kind of human being she is. LOG IN. On Pakistan, what motivated you to try to reach out to Musharraf? I do not believe it would be the appropriate thing to do to put American troops on the ground in Sudan where there is clearly been a genocide going on in western Sudan and Darfar. It did not help educate the people of Pakistan. I can't tell you based on circumstances that I don't know what they would be at that point of time. That's right. It's the one thing you forgot. I think it's in the White Book. We made a number of mistakes. We took down their governing structures and dismantled their army. She is the finest human being I have ever known. Well, we have had some diminution in violence--no doubt about that--I think in part because Baghdad is largely a Shia city now, and the ethnic groups have been segregated.
A mistake that I am responsible for and no one else. In I told Elizabeth about the mistake, asked her for her forgiveness, asked God for his forgiveness. And we have kept this within our family since that time. All of my family knows about this and just to be absolutely clear, none of them are responsible for it. I am responsible for it. I alone am responsible for it. And it led to this most recent incident at the Beverly Hilton. I was at the Beverly Hilton. I was there for a very simple reason, because I was trying to keep this mistake that I had made from becoming public. I think that my family is entitled to every detail. They've been told every detail. Elizabeth knows absolutely everything. I think beyond the basics, the fact that I made this mistake and I'm responsible for it and no one else. I think that's where it stops in terms of the public because I think everything else is within my family and those privacy boundaries ought to be respected. I've been in love with one woman for 31 years. She is the finest human being I have ever known. And the fact that she is with me after this having happened is a testament to the kind of woman and the kind of human being she is. There is a deep and abiding love that exists between Elizabeth and myself. It's always been there, it in my judgment has never gone away. WOODRUFF : Your wife, Elizabeth, is probably the most admired and beloved person in this country, she's had enormous sympathy because she's also gone through cancer, how could you have done this? First of all it happened during a period after she was in remission from cancer, that's no excuse in any possible way for what happened. This is what happened. It's what happened with me and I think happens unfortunately more often sometimes with other people. Self-focus, self-importance. Now, I was slapped down to the ground when my son Wade died in , in April of But then after that I ran for the senate and I got elected to the Senate and here we go again, it's the same old thing again. Adulation, respect, admiration. Then I went from being a senator, a young senator to being considered for vice president, running for president, being a vice presidential candidate and becoming a national public figure. All of which fed a self-focus, an egotism, a narcissism that leads you to believe that you can do whatever you want. You're invincible. And there will be no consequences. And nothing, nothing could be further from the truth. But yeah, I didn't think anyone would ever know about it. I didn't. And the important thing is, how could I ever get to the place, to that place and allow myself to let that happen? This was in I decided, it was clear to me very quickly after this happened that I had to tell her that I loved her, she was central to my life, she had to know it and it was painful for her. Hard and painful for her, but she responded exactly like the kind of woman she is. And then she forgave me and we went to work on it. I'm not saying she thought it was okay, I'm not saying that, but she did forgive me. Listen, she understands what I understand which is that I am imperfect and anybody, anybody watching this broadcast or who hears about this who wants to beat me up for this, they should have at it. The truth is you can't possibly beat me up more than I have already beaten myself up. Fair and simple. And there's also a lot of these you know supermarket tabloid allegations are just lies, they're complete lies. But this, this mistake, is the truth. What was her reaction to that? She didn't understand. We both went through a process of trying to figure out how it happened, why it happened. But she was amazing, she's just an amazing person.