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Secretary of State John Kerry. Small pic
Winston Churchill or Tony Blair?
If you have a good case, you present the facts. If you don't have a good case, you appeal to emotions. You want people to react, not think. If the case is for war, you fearmonger:
RICE: The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.
Or you go Hitler:
Comparing Saddam Hussein to Adolf Hitler, British Prime Minister Tony Blair says he would be pushing for Iraq's disarmament "irrespective of the position of America."
Some things never change:
"This is our Munich moment. This is our chance to join together and pursue accountability over appeasement," Kerry said on Saturday, in a reference to the Munich Agreement between Nazi Germany and Europe's leading powers.
In poker, this is called a tell. If Kerry had a good case to make, he'd make it. Instead, he echoes the Bushies. Twice. Which also suggests that the White House has no problem with his doing so. Once could have been a slip, a bad moment, or a presidential surrogate shooting off at the mouth. Twice can't be.

This isn't a game. This isn't just any kind of political policy. This is about going to war. And the case is so weak that the administration is trying to frighten people into suspending their critical thinking. Let's just hope that the president's Sept. 10, 2013 speech on attacking Syria doesn't dubiously reference Sept. 11, 2001.

But for now, Munich.

Nazis.

It is obvious. And inexcusable. And shameful.

Don't think.

Be afraid.

2:58 PM PT (Laura Clawson): Tell John Kerry: Stop comparing war opponents to Nazi appeasers.


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Originally posted to Laurence Lewis on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 07:40 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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