Tuesday, March 4, 2008

No Options Are on the Table

It is one of the tragedies of the modern era that it has become popular in certain circles loudly to insist that "all options" are on the table precisely when the speaker is determined to avoid the whole range of positive, ameliorative, conciliatory options. Instead of implying an openness of mind, "all options" in fact has come to signify that all options except military ones are precluded.

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