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I know exactly what you mean. I can't criticize him either, though I try pretty hard sometimes. It always goes soft before I hit publish. Where I've been lucky a couple of times is in assuming whatever he wants to do isn't the disgusting thing everybody thinks it is. For instance in the budget negotiations of 2011 when he was supposedly trying to sell us all out to the Republicans I thought he was doing some tricky negotiation and hoping to give nothing away, and it was true, and he succeeded; and in Syria exactly a year ago, contemplating strikes against ISIS's enemy, I thought he was hoping to avoid adding more violence to the mix without looking as if he was backing down, and that's what happened. This time I don't think I know, but I'm certain, against the media consensus, that he seeks to save civilian lives and the Constitution too.
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Sep 17, 2014