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  •  Wow. You are really hitting on all cylinders in (6+ / 0-)

    your follow up comments, IMHO.  "I'm reining in the abuses, but can't tell you about any of it."  If I were faced with an opponent that is totally belligerent and had sworn an a oath to destroy me (like Hamas has done with Israel) I would certainly be using some sort of strategy like game theory to get something done.  What you have said after the sentence I quoted has occurred to me so many times.  I think this is how results are happening.

    When the debt ceiling struggle ensued I was directed by someone here to a website at Harvard's negotiation's research department on hostage negotiations.  I was dumbfounded to realize that the President's team were using the five or so critical points to the letter, including letting the hostage taker feel that they have the upper hand at different points.  Sound familiar on other fronts?

    One of the reasons I respect the President is that he does not believe in using people as cannon fodder in any situation.  Many on the left and on the right however are quite willing to let the chips fall where they may, hurting many, to further their cause or aims.  They don't consider  that retaliation for outrage (if you end DADT for example) will fall on the isolated and powerless.

    •  I hadn't known that about the hostage negotiation. (4+ / 0-)

      But it makes sense.  This is an administration that deals with reality as what it is, not as one might wish it were, and tries to move toward better outcomes from imperfect present circumstances.  That's basically the definition of progressive.  But they wouldn't get credit for it because some thought they should have been making impotent speeches railing about it and banging their shoes on the table.

      Yeah, see, the thing about that is....(runs away)

      by Troubadour on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 06:14:18 AM PDT

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