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Syria: Several Options, all of them Lousy

Original post made by Tom Cushing, Danville, on May 14, 2013

Humanitarian crises tug at the heartstrings. The pennies-a-day campaigns of CARE have been working on TV since Lassie was a pup. ASPCA cranks up the Sara MacLachlan songs on behalf of shelter animals (even if it does next to no sheltering, itself), and Red Cross brings home the plight of disaster victims everywhere. Folks just want to help.

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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on May 15, 2013 at 11:15 am

Tom forgot the other option on Syria: Distraction.

Tom’s missive this week reminds me of that movie “Wag the Dog” with Dustin Hoffman, about how the government tries to focus people’s attention on military conflict so they don’t pay attention to scandals at home.

Syria’s been in the news for over a year. Why write about it now?

I wonder what Tom’s column would’ve been about this week had the IRS retaliated against liberal groups?

I wonder if Tom will ever write about the Justice Department illegally wiretapping AP reporters for months?

Republican hysterics over Benghazi are childish. But why did the White House make up that story that Benghazi was caused by an anti-Muslim YouTube video?

Tom’s not the only one trying to change the national conversation.

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Alamo
on May 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm

S-P: you know what, I alMost wrote a peremptory comment for you yesterday along the lines above, although I only anticipated that you'd say "if he really cares about the First Amendment..."

And I do -- like you, I am appalled at the seizure of the AP documents by the DOJ, and I will write about it this week, when a few more actual facts are actually known. I have much lower expectations for the IRS generally, but that's wrong, too. It smacks of the Enemies List of prior Administrations.

These things are wrong on the merits, and they lend largely undeserved credibility to the tin-foil hatters. Some wearers might even go so far as to suggest a conspiracy of distraction!

There. How's that?

BTW, the reason I wrote about Syria this week is that I got interested in it, and I thought others might be interested in what I had learned. This blog tries to be topical, but we're not 'first responders' on these items. Hell, my phone records haven't even been seized -- at least as far as I know they haven't.

So, be patient my friend. This topic is another thing on which I anticipate we'll agree.

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Posted by Frank DiRusso
a resident of San Ramon
on May 17, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Right on "spec etc"----nary a word on the IRS questioning religious groups on who their members are and who they pray to-----supreme silence on how Obama's half bro raped his 12th wife--age 17--and got a quickie 30 day IRS "charity" approval!!!!

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Alamo
on May 18, 2013 at 6:52 am

Hi Frank: I'm afraid you'll have to handle those two yourself. There are a few dark corners of the 'web where I don't often go.