4.9.13

OPERATION "JUST THE TIP".

I got that code word from Ed Schultz this evening.  The big network appears still to be attempting to sell the people on the necessity of Doing Something about Syria.


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The Obama Network affiliate in Chicago also aired local politicians attempting to convince the public.



I was unable to find another clip from the same weekend, in which Chicago citizens suggested that protecting Chicago children was more clearly in The Public Interest.  Milwaukeeans made a similar case.
"Seven thousand black males die in homicides every year in the United States," said Muhibb Dyer, 38, of the Wisconsin Chapter of the League of Young Voters, which sponsors the annual event. "This is a critical issue of our time, and we have to do more as a society to address it."

Locally, August was one of the most violent months in recent memory, according to Milwaukee police, with eight people killed and nearly two dozen injured in the first week alone.

The city has had 66 homicides so far this year. The August spike in violence comes after a 19% increase in nonfatal shootings in June and July, compared with the same two months in 2012.
The government proposes to calibrate strikes on Syrian military targets in such a way as not to affect the outcome of a conflict between al-qaeda and a Baath party. I submit that a crime-control policy in the big cities can be calibrated in such a way as to not affect the re-election chances of Bobby and Gwen and John and Maxine.  On the other hand, a serious electoral challenge to one-party rule in the big cities might also be a way to enhance the life chances of residents therein.

Meanwhile, Our President is taking justifiable stick for redefining his red line as somebody else's red line.
“I didn’t set a red line, the world set a red line,” Obama said. “My credibility is not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line. And America and Congress’ credibility is on the line because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important.”

At an August 2012 White House press conference, Obama warned that “we have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.”
Margaret Thatcher is not available to point out that there is no such thing as "the international community." Nor have any postmodern philosophers deconstructed the construct itself.

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