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Bill O’Reilly “I am furious about how the shooting death of 18 year old Michael Brown is being reported and how various people are reacting to it.”

Jon Stewart “Yes! That is the outrage. The shooting of Michael Brown and any lack of transparency from the police department responsible for said incident is outrageous, in how it has been reported. And, I guess that’s not the only reason to be angry.”

Fox reporter 1 “Is he going to get a fair shake, this officer?”

Fox reporter 2 “There has been a rush to judgement.”

Fox reporter 3 “Eric Holder flies into Ferguson with his super hero cape.”

Fox reporter 4 “This mantra of the unarmed black teenager shot by a white cop.  You know that description, in and of itself, actually colors the way in which we look at this story.”

Stewart “Yes.  Describing the actual facts of the case really does color the way we look at it.  White cop shoots unarmed black teen does sound terrible, whereas say, hero cop kills alien hunting humans for sport would put a completely different spin on things.  Which, though a very accurate description of the plot of Predator 2, is in this case not what happened.  And, you know what?  There’s so many other stories out there.”

Fox reporter 5 “Why aren’t we covering New York?  Why aren’t we we covering black on black crime?”

Stewart “Yes.  Why all the interest in holding police officers to a higher standard than gangs?  They both flash colors, and yes, one of them has been sworn to protect and defend but still…”

Fox reporter 6 “This weekend 42 people have been shot in Chicago.  You know, I don’t see the protests.  I don’t see the anger.”

Fox reporter 7 “If I were African-American I would be outraged that more journalists aren’t covering what’s happening in Chicago and more outraged that people like Al Sharpton and and Jesse Jackson don’t head to those areas.”

Stewart “Yes.  What could explain the lack of outrage about Al Sharpton and his ilk not doing anything about black on black violence in Chicago?”

Reporter from ABC News 7 on July 10, 2013 “With Chicago’s violence making national headlines, a group, lead by the Rev Al Sharpton, plans to convene an anti-violence summit of national civil rights leaders here.”

Stewart “Oh, that’s right.  Because African-American leaders did hold a summit about that in November, and have met at least three times in the city just in the last 13 months, which is not to say that it has been effective, but taken along with the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which attempts to address this violence, and the countless vigils and marches within these violence torn communities, means they are trying, actually, to do something.  You see, you being ignorant of those attempts, doesn’t mean the issue itself is being ignored, in the same way that when it snows where you live, doesn’t mean the world isn’t getting hotter.”

http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/ufqeuz/race-off

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FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN HOST: This is GPS, the Global Public Square.

“But, first, here’s my take. In the debate over U.S. intervention in Syria, there is a striking mismatch between ends and means. Proponents of intervention want to defeat a ruthless and powerful regime, rescue a country from civil war and usher in a new democratic political order.

But these people say, at the same time, that they want to achieve all this with the most limited methods. “The worst thing the United States could do right now is put boots on the ground in Syria,” says Senator John McCain.

We’re often told that the goal of this intervention is to stop the killing, but sending more arms into the mix will actually increase the violence. That’s fine, say the interventionists, because the real goal is to oust Assad.

But as we learned in Iraq, ousting the dictator is only the beginning of the task. The actually goal here is the creation of a democratic Syria in which all sects can live in peace.

Now, the United States tried that in Iraq with an almost decade-long invasion and occupation spending over a trillion dollars and it hasn’t quite worked. But, now, we’re going to achieve a better outcome in Syria and just with a no-fly zone? In the mid-1980s, the scholar Samuel Huntington pondered why the United States, the world’s dominant power, which had won two world wars, deterred the Soviet Union, maintained global peace, was so bad at smaller military interventions.

Since World War II, he noted, the U.S. had engaged militarily in a series of conflicts around the world, but, in almost every case, the outcome had been inconclusive, muddled or worse.

Huntington’s answer was we rarely entered conflicts actually trying to win. Instead, he reasoned, U.S. military intervention had usually been sparked by a crisis, which then put pressure on Washington to do something, but Americans rarely saw the problem as one that justified getting fully committed.

So, we would join the fight but in incremental ways and hope that these incremental moves would change the outcome. It rarely does. Instances where we have succeeded, 1990 Persian Gulf War, Grenada and Panama, were all ones where we did fight to win, used massive force and achieved a quick, early knockout.

In Syria, the interventionists have lofty ends but no one wants to use the means necessary to achieve them. So we are now giving arms to the opposition and hoping it will bring the regime to the negotiating table.

But, as Huntington observed, “military forces are not primarily instruments of communication to convey signals to an enemy; they are instead instruments of coercion to compel him to alter his behavior.”

This reminds one of the strategy of the Johnson administration in Vietnam, use force to pressure the enemy to negotiate. But the enemy is fighting to win not to play a negotiating game.

The chance that our current efforts in Syria will do enough to achieve even our objectives is small. Eventually, the contradictions in U.S. policy will emerge and the Obama administration will face calls from people like John McCain for further escalation.

They should resist them and it’s possible that they will. The scholar Daniel Drezner argues in his blog on ForeignPolicy.com that the new move “is simply the next iteration of the unspoken, brutally realpolitik Obama policy towards Syria that’s been going on for the past two years.”

“The goal of that policy is to ensnare Iran and Hezbollah into a protracted, resource-draining civil war, with as minimal costs as possible. This is exactly what the last two years have accomplished, he writes, “at an appalling toll in lives lost.”

If this interpretation of the Obama administration’s behavior is correct, then the White House might well be playing a clever game, but it is Machiavellian rather than humanitarian games.”

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1306/23/fzgps.01.html

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Stewart “So, let me get this straight.  All this destruction and bloodshed was over a dumb internet video, made by some bleephole, and it was promoted by the Koran burning Florida pastor, Terry Jones.  I believe we have a clip of him as well.”

Terry Jones (from the movie Life of Brian) “He’s not the messiah.  He’s a very naughty boy.”

Stewart “I’m sorry.  I’m being told that’s a very different Terry Jones, mocking a different world religion, in a film that’s been around for 33 years.  Well, that must be a lot of burned embassies.  Really?  None at all?  Fair enough.  Look, I’m all about cultural sensitivity.  It’s the whole point of my 1996 rap album: Black and white and great all over – celebrating our differences through phat beats.  But, I gotta say, I don’t understand this one.  An online film, that nobody’s seen, made by some bleephole.  I mean, it’s the thinnest pretext for violence imaginable.  It’s almost as if certain leaders in that part of the world are deliberately exploiting whatever they can get their hands on, to rile up the populous for their own political gain.  Ah!  Hey, wait a minute.  You really are getting the hang of this democracy thing pretty fast.”

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-september-17-2012/actual-democalypse-2012