Samuel (Sandy) Berger, National Security Adviser in the second Clinton administration and a foreign policy adviser to the Kerry campaign, was Tuesday's guest. Here are excerpts from his remarks:
"This has done us great damage.... We need to convince Iraqis that if we can't tend to our prisoners, we can at least investigate allegations of abuse in a fair and open way."
"Popular support for America's engagement is eroding irreversibly.... I still think we can accomplish this mission, but I think we are awfully close to the tipping point right now."
"We have a military that is overextended.... We have a 12-division strategy and an 10-division Army.... We are going to have to increase the end strength of our military."
"We have broken the beehive [but] we have not killed the bees, and we are going to be stung again."
"If we were to have a draft debate now, in the midst of Iraq, we would wind up pulling out of Iraq. And I think that would be a disastrous consequence. I don't think this is the time to have that debate."
"North Korea either has, or has the capacity to produce, another six nuclear weapons within six months. We are looking at what could easily be the first nuclear Wal-Mart in the world."