Former director for Iran and Persian-Gulf affairs at the National Security Council, Hillary Mann Leverett talks about whether the Israel/Gaza conflict is just another Bush administration mess for Barack Obama to try to clean up.

Leverett said that the Bush administration was using "word trickery" by saying that only a permanent ceasefire was acceptable.

The former NSC official cautioned that Hillary Clinton's State Department may have people wishing for the days of the Bush administration.

This video is from MSNBC's Countdown, broadcast Jan. 5, 2008.

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