Chat On!

During a foggy morning, President Obama waves from Air Force One as he gets ready to depart Seattle, Nov. 25 (Photo by Pete Souza)

82 Responses to “Chat On!”

  1. November 25, 2013 at 10:51 pm

  2. November 25, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Why wasn’t Ambassador Power born in the USA – or somewhere, anywhere with a mom or dad who was a US citizen!!! I will lament that until the day I die, for real.

  3. 42 Nena20409
    November 25, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    How can I do my Mark Knoller TOD entrance Medals counting calls imitation if I can’t call it as I see it with my 4 eyes without timidity πŸ˜‰ ❓

    Congratulations Chips for your Golden Award πŸ™‚

  4. November 25, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    • November 25, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      Finally two paragraphs of Colin Kahl’s essay:

      ” There is thus no need at this point for Congress to pass additional sanctions legislation. Indeed, doing so would violate the letter and spirit of the Geneva agreement. Rushing ahead with fresh penalties now would almost certainly collapse the interim deal and likely end the prospects for a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear challenge altogether. Instead, lawmakers should work closely with the Obama administration to ensure that Iran complies with the Geneva agreement and takes the next step toward a comprehensive accord. Congress should certainly be prepared to rapidly ramp up pressure again if Iran violates its commitments or drags its feet. But, as Congress does so, lawmakers should avoid the temptation to micromanage the negotiations as they enter the next phase. In particular, threatening new sanctions, or refusing to consider meaningful sanctions relief down the line, unless Iran meets a set of maximalist demands — such as a permanent end to all enrichment activities, no matter how constrained — would likely backfire, dooming diplomacy and increasing the odds of a nuclear-armed Iran, a war, or both.

      Upon close examination, the interim agreement between the P5+1 and Iran provides meaningful and verifiable constraints on Tehran’s nuclear program, and it does so in a way that sustains momentum and leverage for further progress. If implemented, the deal will buy precious time to negotiate an enduring, peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear challenge. Although no diplomatic agreement is perfect, the one reached in Geneva is pretty darn good.

      Colin H. Kahl is an associate professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a senior fellow and director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. From 2009 to 2011, he was the deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East.”

  5. 50 Nena20409
    November 25, 2013 at 11:05 pm


    (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a security deal with the United States, the White House said, and Washington may have to resort to the “zero option” of withdrawing all American troops from the strife-torn country next year, as it did in Iraq.

    Karzai told U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice in Kabul on Monday that the United States must put an immediate end to military raids on Afghan homes and demonstrate its commitment to peace talks before he would sign a bilateral security pact, Karzai’s spokesman said.

    The White House said Karzai had outlined new conditions in the meeting with Rice and “indicated he is not prepared to sign the (bilateral security agreement) promptly.

  6. November 25, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    • November 25, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      From Trita Parsi’s essay, these are absolutely critical paragraphs:

      “An Iran that is defined by the win-win paradigm of Zarif and guided by Rouhani’s moderation could be a game-changer in the Middle East.

      The domestic political situation may open and revive the Iranian civil society – long a key driver of political reform and democratization. This educated demographic had thrived under the Khatami presidency but been crushed by Ahmadinejad.

      While there are still no signs of systemic change in Iran’s human rights record, the public is pressing Rouhani to address this critical issue. The pressure will likely increase now that the nuclear issue is being dealt with. The chants at the airport calling for the release of all political prisoners were a stark reminder.

      Now that the long shadow of the nuclear issue no longer separates Iran from the United States, there may be opportunities for diplomatic solutions in Syria. There can also be collaboration to stabilize Afghanistan, as well as a a general shoring up of regional security.”


      Thank you, so much, LP for posting that tweet!

  7. 56 amk for obama
    November 25, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    I am out. Don’t let bt get away with all her shenanigans.

  8. 58 JER
    November 25, 2013 at 11:28 pm

  9. 63 forus50
    November 25, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    So from the last thread there was some good news about healthcare signups being almost 1 million so far. (956,798) http://obamacaresignups.net/

    The White House wants 7 million signed up by March 31st. So 6 million more over the next 4 months. Look like that would be doable…

  10. November 25, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    bbl … time to prepare some dinner ….

  11. November 25, 2013 at 11:47 pm

  12. 67 forus50
    November 25, 2013 at 11:48 pm

  13. 68 forus50
    November 25, 2013 at 11:53 pm

  14. 69 forus50
    November 25, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Here’s the Cheezy Puff tweet back to me. Good stuff.

  15. 72 Dudette
    November 26, 2013 at 12:18 am

  16. November 26, 2013 at 12:36 am

  17. 75 Dudette
    November 26, 2013 at 12:36 am

  18. 76 Dudette
    November 26, 2013 at 12:36 am

  19. 77 Dudette
    November 26, 2013 at 12:41 am

    The sleep monster is working on me. So I’ll bid you all adieu for tonight!
    Good Night!

  20. 79 forus50
    November 26, 2013 at 12:59 am

  21. November 26, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Decided to address this simple message to 2 people close to President Obama – VP Biden and Ms Valerie Jarrett. Suffer no delusion that either of them will even see it, but still wanted to give it a go in case they did and realized that Americans do get the profound difference between a willful, murderous, profiteering pack of war criminals and our President Obama.

    Not just the future of American, but the persistence of humanity depends on what we all do, everyday, to ensure the #NEOCONSTERS, War Industrial Complex are ablated.

    Yes We Can

    …. time for a bit of rest …

  22. 81 amk for obama
    November 26, 2013 at 4:59 am

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