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  •  I suspect it has more to do with this extract from (2+ / 0-)
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    "A war the Pentagon doesn’t want," by someone I'm probably largely in disagreement with on politics in general, but who makes some valid points in my experience and opinion:

    None of the White House staff has any experience in war or understands it. So far, at least, this path to war violates every principle of war, including the element of surprise, achieving mass and having a clearly defined and obtainable objective.
    My comment a few days ago seems to apply because a range of statements seem to have gotten the administration—and us—into a lose-lose situation. I'm afraid it comes from scholarly, lawyerly, politician's pontificating that results in confusion and later unpleasant consequences.
    Two decades ago, five years ago and today, the source of the problem is the same: The president of the United States wishes to represent things — justice, fairness, international norms — that he cannot, or will not, or doesn’t know how to defend in practice. In the future, it would be far more just, and far less cruel, for the president, and the rest of us, simply to say nothing at all.
    "Speak softly and carry a big stick" has much to recommend in these cases, but politicians, particularly lawyers and academics gone politician, tend to do far too much chattering and then become faced with the consequences that come when the stick is forced to be brought forth.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 06:43:28 AM PDT

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    •  Not since WWII has the (0+ / 0-)

      United States involved itself in a war with the element of surprise or possessing a clearly defined and obtainable objective.  The American people have been lied to repeatedly, had its attention intentionally diverted from learning the truth and tricked into believing our involvement was on the side of the greater good.  Our allies have been betrayed, double-crossed and abandoned by us.  I wonder if any president could withstand the backlash when the public is finally told the truth regarding our intentions.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 10:06:08 AM PDT

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