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Nov 27, 2023·edited Nov 27, 2023

Re: the question about protests swaying Biden

I am sure that they did not.

His thinking has always been the rationalism of someone experienced in foreign policy: getting to a feasible end. From the moment that Israel announced that it intended to smash into Gaza he was working on getting to a conclusion. We know that because on Day One he was already cautioning against following our bad example into a quagmire.

Street yelpers demanding that we denounce Israel (yeah, that's a terrific move to get cooperation...) or stop all aid to Israel (uh, they already had enough stuff to do all of this in Gaza several times over and his references to additional aid was because there was an early threat that Iran might come in...) had no influence on any action he planned or took. Instead, he quietly expertly spun the multiple plates of Israel, Qatar / Hamas, Jordan, and Egypt, and got a meaningful result.

Diplomacy begins immediately and is conducted in private. No demands for Bibi-spanking performance art (which would, y'know, actually undermine influence...) changed any of his plans or actions.

Of course, he will also be denied the credit now, because "Democrats all hate Genocide Joe" gets more clicks for the media.

Meanwhile, though, the short-sighted approach of people who would willingly turn the country over to Trump - who would bless Israel smashing the West Bank as well - because they want to punish Biden for not doing what he actually could not do - just stop Israel unilaterally - is stunning.

Oh, and one last thing - let us never forget that the fawning descriptions of "public sentiment" might be more accurately written as (((public sentiment))). I stand second to no one (except maybe Werewolf) in my loathing for Israeli policy under Netanyahu, but let's not fail to recognize that the invective about Israel living off of our money overlaps quite Vennly with "Joo!", and Joe is not going to give in to that either.

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People using the word "genocide" simply hate Israel and do not want it to be able to defend itself.

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TURNER: I think it’s been cherry-picked by both sides. I mean, certainly the January 6 Commission itself

Bank robber - “Well yeah I look guilty if you just use the images of me robbin’ the place. What about when I was just standing in the lobby?”

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Reek is not there to ask questions, he's there to propagandize with arguments. Stupid git.

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I am Reek, and I am a total idiot.

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"Can you believe how things are more affordable?"

jfc

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I'm sitting on pins and needles, with great antici....pation, for Reek's idiotic question today.

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Talking turkey!

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"Is the President amenable to sitting down with Stevie Wonder? " Wow, that's random.

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Stevie Wonder should thwack some sense into that Biden guy. Yes. The catch of course is that Biden, unlike the PAB, is actually very busy.

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Fuck the polls, fuck the cretinous scum of the MSM.

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The Hill: "Gaza hostage talks consume Biden White House"

*was that a Hill reporter who asked the question about this? Had to have questions fit the headline.

further:

“After seven weeks of struggling with a crisis that defies easy solutions, President Biden could take solace over the weekend in saving a single 4-year-old girl whose parents were killed in the Oct. 7 terrorist attack on Israel."

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45 minutes in to Meandrea Mitchell and we've talked about TWO things. The Israel-Hamas War (I'm at least grateful they aren't calling it THE WAR IN THE HOLY LAND like PBS), and the 3 Palestinian descent students who were shot in Vermont. But they haven't mentioned Biden's great work getting us to a cease fire and getting hostages released. Their job is to be shit stirrers. (Back from commercial and the next story is about the Israel-Hamas war). Going to turn off the "news" now.

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Mrs. Greenspan is a waste of skin. As is Mr. Greenspan.

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Obviously, Biden is responsible for Amazon snafus. Of course.

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OT: Truce in Israel - Hamas war extended another two days.

Yes.

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4 year old girl who is now an orphan. Fuck Hamas.

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The Or's only found out their mother was murdered when they were released.

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Poor children.

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"I know it's too early to speculate on the motives of the shooter in Vermont, but could you offer a guess as to the reasons for the shooting in Vermont? Baring that, could you postulate a theory?"

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What a bs question. My response: No. Next.

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"Dude had a gun."

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"Yes, I am a pathetic little weasel, why do you ask?"

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