Here is Peter Bart’s direct quote about Edwards: “Perhaps the greatest short-term threat to world peace, Edwards remarked, was the possibility that Israel would bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities.” The Edwards campaign is now attempting to tamp down the damage of Bart’s report and is, accordingly, retracting the quote. According to the Associated Press, “Edwards says one of the greatest short-term threats to world peace is Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon.”
I find it interesting that the Edwards Campaign is disputing the accuracy of an essentially friendly story.
As far as the language characterizing Edwards remarks as “labeling Israel the greatest threat to world peace,” that characterization is indeed mine as Jonah Goldberg states, and not the direct quote taken from Peter Bart above. If the Bart version of the facts is true — and the AP reports that Bart and Variety are standing by his story — I stand by my analysis below.