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Questions that follow from Gary Hart's question

05/10/2005 05:57 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Yes, it is extraordinary that no clear answer has emerged to the question of whether or not we are setting up permanent bases in Iraq. The next question is — why not? The answer must be that leading Democrats aren't really pushing for an answer. The next question is — why not? The answer must be that they think a future Democratic administration might need such bases, but it would not be politic to say so. The implication? Since 9/11, Niall Ferguson and Tom Friedman have been writing the foreign policy platform for Democrats in 2008.