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I suppose I should be over it by now, but every time something happens like a provocative Iranian missile launch I'm shocked at how hawks are able to spin the continuing failure of their approach to the region as evidence of their own correctness. But the evidence is clear that the Bush administration's approach is leading to a downward spiral of hostilities and that nothing good is going to come from John McCain continuing that approach. The alternative is to try good-faith negotiations. It might not work, but it really might, and that would be much better than continuing this cycle.

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