13 Tweets Instead of a Syria Strategy

IN THE SHADOW OF INSTEAD
  1. RT @rmslim: By far this is one of z best, if not z best analysis, of unfolding devepts in the Arab region penned by Yezid Sayigh http://t.co/zMW7oGUsKZ 09:52:10, 2014-08-29
  2. #prt among most interesting aspects the piece is brief alternative history asserted in 1st para on idea of US strike last year after Ghouta 09:59:59, 2014-08-29
  3. #pt it was the deep content of the Prez’s “conclusion” US “should” have struck Assad… he and we operate thoroughly in the “instead” of it 10:04:48, 2014-08-29
  4. #pt thus the difficulties of formulating “a strategy” re Syria: WE decided WE could not have one, foreclosed any attempt to implement one 10:09:20, 2014-08-29

QUESTION OF THE STATE
  1. @hxhassan proper objective is separation of Assad and Alawite self-interest  11:09:06, 2014-08-23
  2. @liberalfish maybe question is determining level of responsible intervention required to turn Assad into clear worse choice for Alawites  16:03:34, 2014-08-25
  3. @liberalfish also I didnt specify intervention against Assad – tho is perhaps implicit, as in yr initial tweet  16:10:09, 2014-08-25
  4. @liberalfish this actually gets at true contradiction re Syria imo  16:14:05, 2014-08-25
  5. @liberalfish IS is intolerable – Assad regime also intolerable from one perspective, but objectively tolerated/recognized as actual “state”  16:18:42, 2014-08-25
  6. @liberalfish a “responsible intervention” would be an intervention substantial enough actually to replace Assad-state with better state  16:19:30, 2014-08-25
  7. @liberalfish but that level of intervention not contemplated, except perhaps by Hof AFAIK – so are left with “irresponsible” options  16:20:44, 2014-08-25
  8. There’s a reason we don’t yet have an ISIS strategy, and that’s because most strategies are regional/country-specific. 2014-08-29
  9. in part because intl and domestic law, including what we claim to uphold, is “country-specific”  12:56:44, 2014-08-29

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The rise of the military, if coupled with the undermining of civilian aspects of national power, demonstrates a spiritual exhaustion and a descent into Caesarism. Named after Julius Caesar — who replaced the Roman Republic with a dictatorship — Caesarism is roughly characterized by a charismatic strongman, popular with the masses, whose rule culminates in an exaggerated role for the military. America is moving in this direction. It isn’t that some civilian agencies don’t deserve paring down or even elimination, nor is it that the military and other security forces don’t deserve a boost to their financial resources. Rather, it is in the very logic, ideology, and lack of proportionality of Trump’s budget that American decline, decadence, and Caesarism are so apparent.

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Foreigners often get Mrs Merkel all wrong. She is not the queen of Europe, nor has she any desire to be it. She is a domestic leader and politician whose mounting international stature is always a function of her ability to serve the interests and predilections of German voters. It is predominantly because Germans, for deep historical and cultural reasons, feel so “European” that that she talks and acts in a “European” way. Perhaps all the more for this, Mrs Merkel’s comments today illustrate how much Trumpandbrexit has hurt America and Britain in the past months. They have made it not just possible but also electorally beneficial for a friendly leader of a crucial partner to bash them in public. And more than that: to do it with sincerity.

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My hope is that you will continue to live our values and the mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution.

DONNIE TRUMPO HAS INVOKED A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS AND HE’S WIPING HIS ASS WITH OUR MOST SACRED DOCUMENT THIS IS THE FOURTH TIME I HAVE EXPLICITLY TOLD YOU THAT YOU HAD BETTER STEP UP

If you do that, you too will be sad when you leave, and the American people will be safer.

SORRY YOU’RE GOING TO BE FIRED AS WELL BY THIS CANCER ON THE AMERICAN STATE IT’S GOING TO BE WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER BUT THE COUNTRY’S FREEDOM IS ACTUALLY AT STAKE HERE DESTROY HIM LIKE A GREAT AVENGING EAGLE

Working with you has been one of the great joys of my life. Thank you for that gift.

IF I EVER MEANT ANYTHING TO YOU MY G-MEN AND G-WOMEN YOU WILL BURN THIS MOTHER DOWN

Jim Comey

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