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Obama’s Dissenters in the State Department Have a Novel Idea: More Bombs

esquire.comTout les Toobz are buzzing today about the apparent mutiny within the Department of State regarding what the United States should do about the ongoing carnage in Syria. The consensus of the 51 people who have signed on to the complaint seems to be bomb the hell out of the place, but from a safe distance. Per CNN:

The cable says that U.S. policy in the Middle East has been “overwhelmed” by the continuing violence in Syria. It calls for a “judicious use of stand-off and air weapons, which would undergird and drive a more focused and hard-nosed U.S.-led diplomatic process.” CNN reviewed a draft of the memo, which has since been classified. The Wall Street Journal first reported on the memo’s existence. The internal memo was sent throughout the “dissent channel,” a mechanism for State Department officials to offer alternative views on foreign policy without freedom of retaliation or retaliation. It was established in the 1960s during the Vietnam War to ensure that senior leadership in the department would have access to alternative policy views on the war.

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