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  •  if he closes the embassy down (7+ / 0-)

    the GOP will say he cut and run. If there's an attack on the embassy, the GOP will cry "Another Benghazi!" And he doesn't want either to happen, it would be embarrassing in an election year.

    Ego and political optics are the very last things that should be going into Obama's decision making process here. And yet they appear to be playing a significant role.

    Doing things for ego's sake is a surefire way of getting sucked into a war.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 04:13:26 PM PDT

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    •  If they don't leave the Green Zone (0+ / 0-)

      then I can understand the move. It's a risk worth taking.

      My problem would be if they go out to the battlefield.

      "The oppressors most powerful weapon is the mind of the oppressed." - Stephen Biko

      by gjohnsit on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 04:16:20 PM PDT

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    •  It's the prudent thing to do (0+ / 0-)

      I agree with you. He's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. I also can't imagine they are just 275 armed furniture movers either. Likely quite a few special forces. I think it's prudent to wait and see if they need to evacuate or not. If they need to they can do a better job of it but still catch a whole lot of bs from the GOP for "letting the embassy fall".

    •  shed blood to appease GOP??? not in my name (1+ / 0-)
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