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  •  That is very true (5+ / 0-)

    And, it also does not invalidate his point, which is equally true, that exceptionalism, believing that you are special and therefore rules do not apply to you, is a dangerous attitude.  I've dealt with this type of attitude on a personal level, and his comment really struck home.   Exceptionalism has a very corrosive effect.   I do agree with him on this one point.    

    Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    The argument is not decisive.   There are other arguments that could counter this argument and lend support to the argument that the U.S. should consider a strike on Syria.  

    I'm not commenting on the true answer to the Syrian crisis, here.   But, I thought that his comment was a legitimate contribution to the debate.

    •  I don't want to get off topic (1+ / 0-)
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      Mannie

      But, I have a much different interpretation of Obama's reference to American Exceptionalism. His definition is dramatically different than the Republican definition, dating back to his first trip overseas in 2009.

      In fact, he got slammed by Republicans for redefining it.

      This article sums it up well.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

    •  I don't want to stray off topic (1+ / 0-)
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      doroma

      But I believe Obama has a much different definition of American Exceptionalism dating back to when he first discussed it in 2009. Republicans slammed him for it. Good discussion of it here:

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

      •  yikes sorry for the double comment (1+ / 0-)
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        Mannie

        I got a weird error the first time and then retyped it. When I hit post, they both appeared simultaneously.

        •  This happens occasionally. Best approach is... (1+ / 0-)
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          Kimbeaux

          ...always to save what you've written before hitting "post" and if it hangs up or you get a weird error message, hit "Refresh" or "Reload" and see if the comment shows up. It usually does. If it doesn't, then you still have it saved and can try again.

          Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

          by Meteor Blades on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 07:39:23 PM PDT

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