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  •  i don't know why they decided (0+ / 0-)

    to take it to Congress, but i believe it was the right decision.  (I think otherwise, but the admin wouldn't agree, that the 2003 Syrian Accountability Act or somesuch, by specifying certain remedies but not military intervention in response to Syrian chemical weapons programs, precludes action the admin could otherwise take unilaterally absent explicit authorization.)  

    Point two: you know perfectly well it was an accident, but I'm glad you had fun riffing on it.  Just don't think you've proved anything.  My typo doesn't excuse you from defending your position, which is now gone so far as to be not just that bombing would be ineffective, but that seeing it as ineffective is a necessary precondition to being sane.  I'm not sure that works, and if the world unfolds for you in such simplicity, perhaps you're not as sane as you think.

    Point three: not true of all opposition, but there's a strong element of as long as shit goes bad, at least it's not on us running thru Kos's explicitly pragmatic opposition.  I think it's on us either way since we can act but might or might not choose to, but given the default option is that we're not directly involved militarily, it's conceptually trickier to see it that way.  People are naturally risk averse, and this sometimes leads them paradoxically to take riskier inaction thru inertia.  There's a cognitive bias against chaning any course baked into any discussion, which is a long-standing insight of behavioral economics.

    Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

    by Loge on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 10:20:34 AM PDT

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