Originally Posted by Slick
Per BoiseChief in another thread
"Route to the sea is a military tactician's reference to your last last hope. Military leaders invading a foreign land had to have a rear guard protecting your route to the sea. If you didn't have a rear guard or your rear guard was defeated you would be in an untenable position. You have to either win outright or face being surrounded and overwhelmed."
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So, Mitt was using the term as a military tactician in the context of Iran invading a foreign land?
And never mind that it would still mean going through Iraq. Donger makes more sense than this.