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  •  Actually, yes. (3+ / 0-)
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    See my comment below.

    With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 08:03:58 AM PDT

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    •  I agree that's suggestive. Might've been (0+ / 0-)

      considerate if someone had tipped off Psaki and Carney, rather than leaving them scrambling for a response. No matter what was discussed in St. Petersburg, Sec. Kerry still seems to have been overeager in revealing it.

      When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

      by PhilJD on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 08:17:20 AM PDT

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      •  Why miss the obvious. (0+ / 0-)

        It's clear to me that Kerry was responding to a suggestion made by Putin, and the administration wasn't all that interested in it. As support, I offer you Fareed Zakaria's analysis.

        If the U.N. Security Council were to pass a Russian resolution with Russian support, Chinese support trying to destroy Syria's chemical weapons' stockpiles, that would certainly offer the president of the United States a way out of this current crisis. He could come out and say, look, there are not going to be any more chemical weapons attacks if all of this is serious.

        He could. It’s a blow for the administration's strategy, though, because they really wanted to use this attack as a way of sending a signal, a very strong signal, about the use of chemical weapons. (my bold) They point out, Secretary Kerry says, that al-Assad has used these weapons perhaps in the teens, that is several times.

        It’s also clear that this was an occasion the administration was going to use to shift the balance of power away from al-Assad and toward the rebels. So they lose that option and they lose that ability to degrade al-Assad's air power, in particular six airfields they were planning to strike.

        "Some folks rob you with a six-gun, some rob you with a fountain pen." - Woody Guthrie

        by Involuntary Exile on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 09:43:26 AM PDT

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