Sunday 21 January 2018

Why Obama won't lose face by giving diplomacy a chance

Liz O'Donnell

Liz O'Donnell

The diner on West Broadway was only beginning to fill up, with most people opting to sit outside in the bright and breezy sunshine. "It's definitely the best time to be in New York City," declared the middle-aged woman sitting next to us.

She was talking at New York volume to her companion, a man in his early 60s. He was lean and had plumped for the healthy breakfast of granola with mixed berries and yoghurt. She was lashing into a generous helping of eggs with chorizo, beans and hash browns. Their exchanges were animated a la Woody Allen. The topic was the possible strikes on Syria and how the president was handling the crisis.

The man, who had military service, was vehemently opposed. The woman made the credible argument that the United States had to be sure-footed in the face of tyranny. She passionately compared the Syrian humanitarian situation to the failure to act in the gassing of six million Jews in Hitler's Germany.

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