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April 1, 2014

"Could, can’t, won’t and will"

Belmont Club » Four Simple WordsPresident Obama has made it appear that he simply chooses not to stop Putin — won’t — as if it were a question of choice.
But the allies are increasingly coming to suspect that he can’t because of cuts he’s made to America’s levers of influence, including hobbling its oil industry, in order to divert those resources to domestic political constituencies. It’s not that he won’t halt Putin, but he can’t. His inaction is a necessity. It’s like having no lifeboats on the Titanic. You don’t choose not to get into a lifeboat, there’s nothing to get into.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 1, 2014 5:08 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Should've, would've, could've and didn't are all the same in the end. I suppose in Pres. Obama's case "couldn't have" serves as well as any of the first three as an excuse.

Posted by: Roger Drew Williams at April 1, 2014 6:44 PM

Good people still give BO too much substance. There is nothing there. Check with Valerie Jarrett
or another handler.

Posted by: grace at April 1, 2014 8:11 PM

Once upon a time there was a fox trying to get grapes from a high arbor.....

Posted by: CaptDMO at April 2, 2014 5:14 AM

That is one of the finest essays on Realpolitik I have ever read.

There is no longer any stick. Just a weak, hollow man. Here's your post modern world, progs.

Posted by: TmjUtah at April 2, 2014 7:38 AM

Pajama boy in well-creased pants.

Posted by: BillH at April 2, 2014 7:46 AM

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