The Middle East Mess Is On Steroids
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  • Marty Keller

    “The Benghazi hearings (unfortunately being seen more as the kickoff to a
    GOP Stop Hillary in 2016 campaign than anything else) dominated cable
    TV.” Being seen that way by whom, exactly? This articulation underscores the MSM’s role as a fully-fledged subsidiary of the blue state model reactionaries. It also, unfortunately, enables it.

    • Andrew Allison

      Exactly. The testimony by State Department officials showed conclusively that this was a politically motivated cover-up, and that the Administration lied through its teeth to Congress and the American people. Had the Administration been Republican, the MSM frenzy would have been something to see.

    • Amen.

      That’s the viewpoint of the MSM, not the intelligent skeptics who read WRM.

  • “US and Russia will convene Syria talks jolted the world of foreign policy wonks.”

    Really? I can’t imagine why. Conferences=a plausible excuse for appearing concerned while doing nothing. International conferences=the plausible excuse on steroids, consisting of breathless MSM, agonized NGOs, nattering nabobs and pontificating pundits all looking wise, all of which passes for action when of course it is not.

  • Cool. “…offing a US ambassador…” Colloquialisms in print. Love it.

    But on a more serious note… In an adult world, Obama would phone Putin and say, “Vlad, I know the only naval port you have in the Med is in Syria. We’re all kinda annoyed by this civil war thing going on. We don’t have the will to stop it – and everyone in the region hates us already. They don’t hate you. Will you please just make this mess go away? I really don’t care how, everyone will forget in a few years anyway; just end the killing, OK? I won’t criticize whatever steps you take as long as they don’t involve getting Americans killed. That work for you? Yes? Good. Talk to you next week.”

  • Jim Luebke

    There’s a Kipling poem that starts…

    A Snider squibbed in the jungle,
    Somebody laughed and fled,
    And the men of the First Shikaris
    Picked up their Subaltern dead,
    With a big blue mark in his forehead
    And the back blown out of his head.

    And then ends….

    Then a silence came to the river,
    A hush fell over the shore,
    And Bohs that were brave departed,
    And Sniders squibbed no more;
    For the Burmans said
    That a white man’s head
    Must be paid for with heads five-score.

    http://www.kipling.org.uk/poems_gravehundred.htm

    Is this the solution, then?

  • TheCynical1

    I applaud the Professor for openly taking a timeout to mull over things, instead of shooting from the hip like most commentators do.

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