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  •  this is why you saber-rattle (8+ / 0-)

    Nobody saber-rattles because they want to a conflict.  They saber-rattle because they want the enemy to behave in a way that will prevent that conflict.   Guys like Assad don't like to compromise, and they're not going to do it unless the alternative is something worse.

    That's something a lot of people here didn't seem to get.   Being peaceable is nice, but it's not a means of negotiating in a situation like this.  Tyrants who want to get their way aren't going to just respect you 'cuz you're a nice guy... they'll just take advantage of it.

    A lot of people here loathe Obama, but I'm still glad he's running things instead of them.

    "Glenn Beck ends up looking like a fat, stupid child. His face should be wearing a chef's hat on the side of a box of eclairs. " - Doug Stanhope

    by Front Toward Enemy on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 09:19:35 AM PDT

    •  Almost nobody does. (1+ / 0-)
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      But those certain "almost nobodies" did it in such an inimitable way that it left an indelible impression on a lot of folks.

      Toss in some willfully lazy thinking and you get a mess of dumb comments masquerading as sophisticated cynicism.

      Non futuis apud Boston

      by kenlac on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 09:25:17 AM PDT

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