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  •  When they hand you the football (2+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, Jaime Frontero

    I think you get briefed on things most of us do not know. I imagine he was told by people like the Joint Chiefs of Staff, "You can't do that, and here is why..."

    Once the genie is out of the bottle it is hard to put it back in.

    “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

    by se portland on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 06:04:54 AM PDT

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    •  That is the most plausible of all. (1+ / 0-)
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      se portland

      The interlocking strata of government actions must be quite Byzantine, after all the years since nuclear diplomacy began.

      That doesn't make it right, of course.  It doesn't mean that we citizens should be 'out in the cold' (as Alec Leamas might have posited).

      And it doesn't mean our choices have been even remotely well-informed.

      The echo chamber within our (or any) government is so limited.  Who knows what potential good has been and is being ignored, due to "conventional wisdom" (as that echo chamber is known)?

      I remember in the film of Ishiguru's; The Remains of the Day, the American diplomat (played by Christopher Reeve) said that we needed to become professionals at government.  That American amateurs were no longer a match for the complexity of government and international realities.

      Watching that film, I agreed - at the time I saw it.

      I may have been mistaken.

      It ain't called paranoia - when they're really out to get you. 6 points.

      by Jaime Frontero on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 12:08:57 PM PDT

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