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  •  You seem to think so. (2+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, duhban

    Try to be consistent.

    •  Y'know, I wish you'd actually read what I write. (8+ / 0-)

      Instead of just assuming I have a caricature position on everything.

      I get it, you don't like me, but your substance-less, knee-jerk little snipes like this are giving duhban a run for his money, and that's a competition headed in the wrong direction.

      •  Answer my post. (1+ / 0-)
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        Do you believe the president has responsiblity for the NSA?

        I'll be waiting.

        •  Agency. (1+ / 0-)
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          Sorry I was called away -- I work.

          But to answer your question, my "belief," fwiw, is in agency.  Anything that one does (while not under duress) or enacts or alters to make suddenly "legal" (Bush and Obama both fall under that one) or sanctions or permits while in a position of stated direct responsibility -- all those things one is responsible for.  So a lot of the NSA stuff is Obama's, whether he likes it or not.  Rogue stuff, not so much.  Chain of command stuff in the military is his by definition; rogue stuff, not so much.

          As for Syria (you didn't ask, but it's sitting there because of Cat Whisperer's comment upthread), it may be Assad's responsibility, it may be a rogue underling (as the German intel suggests), or it may be something else altogether.  I don't claim to know, because I have yet to see any actual evidence, just a lot of interpretations of evidence that we're not getting to see.  And the manner in which that was placed out there and the pace of that and a whole lot of other contradictory or suspect things winging in and out of it have made me very suspicious of the reliability of those interpretations.  And until we know for certain I have argued against any strikes.  I'll argue against strikes in general, because this would be a matter for the courts, not the military, to resolve.

          Note, I am not a defender of Assad.  I think he's one of the genuinely evil people in positions of power in this world.  And if this particular incident cannot be ascribed to him directly, in a capacity of agency, he shouldn't be held responsible for this incident in my opinion.  There are plenty of other crimes for which he can be held responsible.

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