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Monday, May 21, 2007

John Deeth Blog: Jim Leach Interview: Academia, Moralistic Politics, and Iran; Declines Comment on World Bank Post

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog
Former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach says the potential for war with Iran is not getting the attention it merits. In a phone interview Thursday, Leach said: "The largely unfollowed issue is whether there will be another war with Iran, and what is the role of Congress. The likelihood is there will not be a pre-emptive strike, but whether the possibility that there will be one is 5% or 45% ... those are not trivial." ... Leach declined comment on mention of his name for the World Bank presidency; we spoke just minutes before current head Paul Wolfowitz announced his resignation. Leach was also mentioned for the job while he was still in Congress at the time Wolfowitz was appointed. He seems happy with his new career: "My wife and I have enjoyed being in an academic community. We prefer living there rather than in a political community."


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