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  •  In Obama's interviews last night, (5+ / 0-)
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    he did say that he an Putin had discussed Assad turning over his chemical weapons at the G20 meeting. Perhaps that's why the State Department so quickly sent the email clarifying that Kerry's statement was "rhetorical."

    Of course, Obama and Kerry have also repeatedly said the invasion would be about protecting our allies -- Jordan, Turkey, and Israel.

    As we speak, Kerry and Obama are at the House Armed Services Committee as we speak hawking a war.

    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 08:16:00 AM PDT

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    •  Everything is about "Saving face." (6+ / 0-)

      They'll push for war publically to make the hawks and certain allies happy even as they're negotiating to prevent the same war.

      Misdirection gives them space to work their magic in relative peace.  

      If the Syrians have agreed to work with the international community and if Putin and Obama (along with major allies like the Brits, Germans  and the French) agree on the best course of action, there will be no war.

      The Westerners look tough. Putin looks like he should earn a dang Nobel Peace Prize;  everyone stays out of a civil war until the MWD are removed.  

      Then MAYBE Putin and the Westerners are able to get each of their people to the table to negotiate a ceasefire that has some teeth to it.

      This has the added benefit of marginalizing AQ whom none of the major players seem to like very much.

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 08:55:28 AM PDT

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