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  •  Well, either the President is not a very good (0+ / 0-)

    manager or Kerry is being encouraged to make a fool of himself.
    Flip-flop Kerry was not an aberration. I called him that in February of 2004 and my opinion hasn't changed. It seems the information he developed on BCCI did not influence his ethical perceptions. He gathered information and then did nothing with it.
    That private dinner with Assaad was an example of really bad judgement. A formal dinner is one thing; a private confab in a restaurant is another.

    •  I doubt that Kerry isn't 100% on-point, frankly (0+ / 0-)

      I really don't understand all the confusion over Kerry's words. It's pretty straightforward, IMO: the administration recognizes that the situation in Syria is delicate and politically controversial, and doesn't want to act without Congressional support. Nothing that has been said by either Kerry or Obama contradicts this. However, that presents something of a problem for the administration, which doesn't want to give the impression that it's just surrendering the military powers it claims. In one year's time, if there's (in Obama's mind) a situation in some other country that requires a US military response, he doesn't want his hands tied.

      In other words, just because he wants Congressional permission for Syria, doesn't mean he wants to always have to ask Congress before committing US forces somewhere. The best way to reconcile those two positions is to emphasize that the president is voluntarily consulting Congress here. He chose to consult them; he doesn't need to do so. And that's precisely the argument that Kerry has been making.

      •  Yes, and any argument is subject to refutation. (0+ / 0-)

        Unless it's being made by a Con. Cons, despite being binary people, refuse to credit the other side.
        'Tis a puzzlement.

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