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  1. just
    just
    August 31, 2013, 11:37 am

    Man, did Fiore nail that!

    It is so freaking true that I didn’t even giggle at all. Art imitates life again.

  2. just
    just
    August 31, 2013, 12:40 pm

    Mr. Obama will speak @ 1315 re Syria, according to the news….UN spokesman Nesirky on the tube right now in a news conference……..

  3. seafoid
    seafoid
    August 31, 2013, 2:06 pm

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/middle-east-live/2013/aug/31/syria-usforeignpolicy

    “Obama to seek authorisation from Congress on Syria air strikes

    There will be a debate and a vote “as soon as Congress comes back into session”, Obama says.

    He says he is “confident” that he has the authority to launch strikes without that authorisation, but says the decision will be stronger with it.

    He says the US is primed to strike on Syria.

    “The chairman of the joint chiefs has informed me that we are prepared to strike whenever we choose.”

    Obama says the chairman has informed him that the military is ready for his order. He says strikes “will be effective tomorrow, next week or one month from now”.”

    A good few GOP stalwarts won’t vote with Obama plus there’ll be Dem rebels.
    AIPAC must be looking for their money back.

  4. Les
    Les
    August 31, 2013, 3:46 pm

    Thanks. I was happy to share that across cyberspace.

  5. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    August 31, 2013, 3:56 pm

    RE: “Cartoon mocks Obama’s struggle with ‘foreign policy impotence’”

    MY COMMENT: A very witty cartoon, but I’m not really certain whether it is a case of ‘foreign policy impotence’ or ‘foreign policy incontinence’. Ergo, it might call for DeHepends® über-macho, camouflage diapers rather than Fireagra®.

    TAKE ACTION! ! ! TAKE ACTION! ! ! TAKE ACTION! ! !

    ● FROM RootsAction.org:
    To email Obama, your senators and representative, expressing opposition to an attack on Syria, click HERE.

    ● FROM ROBERT NAIMAN:
    If you think Congress should debate and vote before any war with Syria, you can join 25,000 people at MoveOn in

    telling Congress by clicking HERE.

    • DICKERSON3870
      DICKERSON3870
      August 31, 2013, 4:11 pm

      P.S. EVERYBODY REMEMBER TO STOCK UP ON BEER AND PRETZELS FOR A WEEKEND OF SHOCK AND AWE IN HD.
      And don’t forget to do the Tomahawk (Cruise Missile) Chop!
      ● Braves vs Cardinals Tomahawk Chop Pregame [VIDEO, 01:21] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEdlX6OYn7M
      An attack on Syria will at the least expend lots of Tomahawk® cruise missiles (and perhaps even some Hellfire® missiles). When daddy Bush launched a cruise missile attack on Iraq in the early 1990’s these missiles cost $1 million each (currently $1.5 million to $3 million each). The Pentagon used 100 of them in the initial attack of Operation Desert Storm™. McDonnell Douglas (now owned by Boeing Co.) had their factory in Titusville, Florida working round-the-clock to replace them.

      P.P.S. LASTLY, SING IT SPRINGSTEIN: Who will be the last to die for Obama’s “credibility” (i.e. int’l “cred”)*!
      Bruce Springsteen – Last To Die (Milan) [VIDEO, 04:27] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_-qAkqj8D8

      * SEE: “We’re Going to War Because We Just Can’t Stop Ourselves”, By Stephen M. Walt, foreignpolicy.com 8/27/13

      What is most striking about this affair is how Obama seems to have been dragged, reluctantly, into doing something that he clearly didn’t want to do. He probably knows bombing Syria won’t solve anything or move us closer to a political settlement. But he’s been facing a constant drumbeat of pressure from liberal interventionists and other hawks, as well as the disjointed Syrian opposition and some of our allies in the region. He foolishly drew a “red line” a few months back, so now he’s getting taunted with the old canard about the need to “restore U.S. credibility.” This last argument is especially silly: If being willing to use force was the litmus test of a president’s credibility, Obama is in no danger whatsoever. Or has everyone just forgotten about his decision to escalate in Afghanistan, the bombing of Libya, and all those drone strikes?
      More than anything else, Obama reminds me here of George Orwell in his famous essay “Shooting an Elephant.” Orwell recounts how, while serving as a colonial officer in Burma, he was forced to shoot a rogue elephant simply because the local residents expected an official of the British Empire to act this way, even when the animal appeared to pose no further danger. If he didn’t go ahead and dispatch the poor beast, he feared that his prestige and credibility might be diminished. Like Orwell, Obama seems to be sliding toward “doing something” because he feels he simply can’t afford not to.
      Sad, but also revealing.

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/08/27/obama_orwell_and_shooting_an_elephant

      • DICKERSON3870
        DICKERSON3870
        August 31, 2013, 4:42 pm

        RE: “I’m not really certain whether it is a case of ‘foreign policy impotence’ or ‘foreign policy incontinence’. Ergo, it might call for DeHepends® über-macho, camouflage diapers rather than Fireagra®.” – me (above)

        CLARIFICATION: Of course, in the case of “liberal interventionists” Susan Rice and Samantha Power, new Shepends® Brunhilde™ maxi diapers will be needed.

  6. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    August 31, 2013, 4:41 pm
    • Bumblebye
      Bumblebye
      August 31, 2013, 5:25 pm

      ^
      Is that you being speechless (momentarily at least) cos the lethal firework display got called off (however temporarily it may be)?

  7. Citizen
    Citizen
    August 31, 2013, 5:24 pm

    Here’s a concise article regarding USA’s picking and choosing who can have /use chemical weapons: http://antiwar.com/blog/2013/05/07/the-us-and-chemical-weapons-no-leg-to-stand-on/al/biological weapons and who needs to be attacked for same:

    Note that Israel signed the World Chemical Weapons ban, but it never ratified it, and Egypt never did either. You won’t hear that on maid media news tonight. You will hear Fox News quoting an Israeli who said, since POTUS has to get OK from Congress to strike Israel, how can we believe what he tells us? And he should also at the same time get Congress to OK attack on Iran (earnest beneath bare veil of jest).

  8. OlegR
    OlegR
    September 1, 2013, 9:13 am

    Very nice.

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