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Obama Conferred with NY Times Editors, Columnists on Syria

What influenced President Obama's mercurial decision on military intervention in Syria? According to Michael Calderone, it may have been the editors and op-ed writers at the New York Times. Calderone confirms that President Obama had an off-the-record meeting with Times editor Andy Rosenthal, members of the editorial board, and opinion columnists David Brooks, Gail Collins and Ross Douthat. The meeting took place on on August 29, the day before he reversed course and decided to postpone...

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U.S. At Risk Of Being Laughed Off World Stage

It pains me to have to say that the versatile Vlad makes a much better columnist than I'd be a KGB torturer. His “plea for caution” was an exquisitely masterful parody of liberal bromides far better than most of the Times' in-house writers can produce these days. He talked up the United Nations and international law, was alarmed by U.S. military intervention, and worried that America was no longer seen as “a model of democracy” but, instead, as erratic cowboys “cobbling coalitions together under the slogan ‘you're either with us or against us.'” He warned against chest-thumping about “American exceptionalism,” pointing out that, just like in America's grade-school classrooms, in the international community everyone is exceptional in his own way...

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The Syria Solution: Obama Got Played by Putin and Assad

While the Russians are already cutting deals and drumming up promises from the Syrians—with whom, as they've insisted for years, they have no leverage—and as the world lines up on the off-ramp, the White House was still marshalling its case for a military strike, trotting out National Security Advisor Susan Rice, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and poor Tony Blinken, who was left making the case for two mutually exclusive things: "We'll talk to the Russians," he kept repeating even as he hammered on the intelligence and the need to degrade, deter, et cetera, et cetera...

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