NYT publishes Putin Op-Ed

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    In the absence of leadership by the US President, Putin is willingly and effectively filling the void.

    It would be laughable and entertaining if it wasn't so dangerous....I recall a great mind once saying..."A weak US President is dangerous for the entire world." back when Obama was elected...

     

     
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    "Mercenaries from Arab countries fighting there, and hundreds of militants from Western countries and even Russia, are an issue of our deep concern. Might they not return to our countries with experience acquired in Syria? After all, after fighting in Libya, extremists moved on to Mali. This threatens us all."

    This is the particular issue where what Putin says hits home.

    NBC reported on hundreds of Al Qeada suicide fighters crossing the border from Turkey into Syria fighting for the rebels. One said he was thrilled that the US was fighting Assad, because you want your enemies to fight each other.

    Liberals always point out that the US fought with and supported Afghan Islamicist rebels against the Soviet invasion in the 80s , and the US was an ally of Saddam against Iran.

    Recently we have supported radical Islamicists in Libya and Egypt, and now ally with Al Qaeda in Syria.

     

     
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    In the absence of leadership by the US President, Putin is willingly and effectively filling the void.

    It would be laughable and entertaining if it wasn't so dangerous....I recall a great mind once saying..."A weak US President is dangerous for the entire world." back when Obama was elected...

     

     



    Of course, that's what he wants you to think, and the rest of the loony right is eating it up, too.

     

    I'm waiting for the invitation for Putin to speak at CPAC next year, given how he's such a new-found hero to the american neo-conservative movement.

    (War-monger, neo-con media plant and liar Ms. O'Bagy can't come.)

    That "great mind" must have resided in a stray dog's rectum.

     

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    NYT being quite the conservative rag of course

     
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    In the absence of leadership by the US President, Putin is willingly and effectively filling the void.

    It would be laughable and entertaining if it wasn't so dangerous....I recall a great mind once saying..."A weak US President is dangerous for the entire world." back when Obama was elected...

     

     



    Of course, that's what he wants you to think, and the rest of the loony right is eating it up, too.

     

    I'm waiting for the invitation for Putin to speak at CPAC next year, given how he's such a new-found hero to the american neo-conservative movement.

    (War-monger, neo-con media plant and liar Ms. O'Bagy can't come.)

    That "great mind" must have resided in a stray dog's rectum.

     



    Mathew, was that necessary??  I swear if we weren't pals and brothers from another mother, I'd be offended.  

    Obama lacks leadership abilities, it's no secret, it's not his fault....it's just a fact. Putin has leadership skills.  He's dangerous and hates America but he has leadership skills.  I don't blame Obama, I blame the people that didn't screen him before they hired him.  It's okay to not be qualified for the job you were hired for...the problem is that in his situation he can't be fired and won't step down.  Just facts, no name calling, no lack of love, just facts.

     
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    In the absence of leadership by the US President, Putin is willingly and effectively filling the void.

    It would be laughable and entertaining if it wasn't so dangerous....I recall a great mind once saying..."A weak US President is dangerous for the entire world." back when Obama was elected...

     

     

     



    Of course, that's what he wants you to think, and the rest of the loony right is eating it up, too.

     

     

    I'm waiting for the invitation for Putin to speak at CPAC next year, given how he's such a new-found hero to the american neo-conservative movement.

    (War-monger, neo-con media plant and liar Ms. O'Bagy can't come.)

    That "great mind" must have resided in a stray dog's rectum.

     

     

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    NYT being quite the conservative rag of course

     

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    No, just the biggest bang for the buck with the largest circulation global and domestic...the 'paper of record', as it were.

    But in spite of their claims, some cons will gladly read the NYT if there's a chance POTUS will come out of it looking bad.

    All optics.  No vision.

     

     

     
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    In the absence of leadership by the US President, Putin is willingly and effectively filling the void.

    It would be laughable and entertaining if it wasn't so dangerous....I recall a great mind once saying..."A weak US President is dangerous for the entire world." back when Obama was elected...

     

     



    Of course, that's what he wants you to think, and the rest of the loony right is eating it up, too.

     

    I'm waiting for the invitation for Putin to speak at CPAC next year, given how he's such a new-found hero to the american neo-conservative movement.

    (War-monger, neo-con media plant and liar Ms. O'Bagy can't come.)

    That "great mind" must have resided in a stray dog's rectum.

     

     



    Mathew, was that necessary??  I swear if we weren't pals and brothers from another mother, I'd be offended.  

     

    Obama lacks leadership abilities, it's no secret, it's not his fault....it's just a fact. Putin has leadership skills.  He's dangerous and hates America but he has leadership skills.  I don't blame Obama, I blame the people that didn't screen him before they hired him.  It's okay to not be qualified for the job you were hired for...the problem is that in his situation he can't be fired and won't step down.  Just facts, no name calling, no lack of love, just facts.

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    Those aren't facts.  They're your opinions, and they're not really backed up by anything close to analysis.

    Fitting though, that you would describe Putin "dangerous and hates America" with the exact same incoherent rhetoric that you apply to Obama on a regular basis.

    And this IS necessary, because you have a real problem defining your terms.  Do you even know what "leadership skills" are??  Do you know how absurd it sounds to have someone elected - twice - to the most powerful leadership position on earth described as lacking "leadership"...?

    But you know what?  I don't blame you.  I blame the people who infected you with the notion that you could communicate a rational idea without showing your a&& every single time as an ideological pigeon.  

     

     

     
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    In the absence of leadership by the US President, Putin is willingly and effectively filling the void.

    It would be laughable and entertaining if it wasn't so dangerous....I recall a great mind once saying..."A weak US President is dangerous for the entire world." back when Obama was elected...

     

     

     

     



    Of course, that's what he wants you to think, and the rest of the loony right is eating it up, too.

     

     

     

    I'm waiting for the invitation for Putin to speak at CPAC next year, given how he's such a new-found hero to the american neo-conservative movement.

    (War-monger, neo-con media plant and liar Ms. O'Bagy can't come.)

    That "great mind" must have resided in a stray dog's rectum.

     

     

     

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    NYT being quite the conservative rag of course

     

     

     

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    No, just the biggest bang for the buck with the largest circulation global and domestic...the 'paper of record', as it were.

     

    But in spite of their claims, some cons will gladly read the NYT if there's a chance POTUS will come out of it looking bad.

    All optics.  No vision.

     

     

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    So the liberal rag is all for giving Putin a bigger bang for his buck. Got it.

     

     
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    In the absence of leadership by the US President, Putin is willingly and effectively filling the void.

    It would be laughable and entertaining if it wasn't so dangerous....I recall a great mind once saying..."A weak US President is dangerous for the entire world." back when Obama was elected...

     

     

     

     

     



    Of course, that's what he wants you to think, and the rest of the loony right is eating it up, too.

     

     

     

     

    I'm waiting for the invitation for Putin to speak at CPAC next year, given how he's such a new-found hero to the american neo-conservative movement.

    (War-monger, neo-con media plant and liar Ms. O'Bagy can't come.)

    That "great mind" must have resided in a stray dog's rectum.

     

     

     

     

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    NYT being quite the conservative rag of course

     

     

     

     

     

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    No, just the biggest bang for the buck with the largest circulation global and domestic...the 'paper of record', as it were.

     

     

    But in spite of their claims, some cons will gladly read the NYT if there's a chance POTUS will come out of it looking bad.

    All optics.  No vision.

     

     

     

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    So the liberal rag is all for giving Putin a bigger bang for his buck. Got it.

     

     

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    No, Putin is for getting the most mileage out of an op-ed as he can.

    Putin goes to the largest, most influential periodical on earth with an op-ed...

    ...and you really think they're NOT going to publish??!

     

    The Russian prez is many things, but he's no liberal.

     

     

     
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    In the absence of leadership by the US President, Putin is willingly and effectively filling the void.

    It would be laughable and entertaining if it wasn't so dangerous....I recall a great mind once saying..."A weak US President is dangerous for the entire world." back when Obama was elected...

     

     



    Of course, that's what he wants you to think, and the rest of the loony right is eating it up, too.

     

    I'm waiting for the invitation for Putin to speak at CPAC next year, given how he's such a new-found hero to the american neo-conservative movement.

    (War-monger, neo-con media plant and liar Ms. O'Bagy can't come.)

    That "great mind" must have resided in a stray dog's rectum.

     



    "neo-conservatives". Et tu, Matty, with the stupid 'neo-con' designation?

    The claim is that conservatives love Putin? My, how the worm has turned.

    For decades, the liberals were kneejerk appeasers and never supported any strong foreign policy actions..

    So when it was said, "liberals new-found hero is [latest American's enemy]"

    Liberals would respond that  such a statement unfairly questioned the patriotism of those who dissent. Their position was "nuanced".

    But now, it seems OK to blanketly claim conservatives love Putin...

     
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    "Do you know how absurd it sounds to have someone elected - twice - to the most powerful leadership position on earth described as lacking "leadership"...?"

    No, but George Bush surely does. He surely does....

    Being elected to two terms doesnt give a mulligan to a President, sorry.

     
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    In the absence of leadership by the US President, Putin is willingly and effectively filling the void.

    It would be laughable and entertaining if it wasn't so dangerous....I recall a great mind once saying..."A weak US President is dangerous for the entire world." back when Obama was elected...

     

     

     

     

     

     



    Of course, that's what he wants you to think, and the rest of the loony right is eating it up, too.

     

     

     

     

     

    I'm waiting for the invitation for Putin to speak at CPAC next year, given how he's such a new-found hero to the american neo-conservative movement.

    (War-monger, neo-con media plant and liar Ms. O'Bagy can't come.)

    That "great mind" must have resided in a stray dog's rectum.

     

     

     

     

     

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    NYT being quite the conservative rag of course

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    No, just the biggest bang for the buck with the largest circulation global and domestic...the 'paper of record', as it were.

     

     

     

    But in spite of their claims, some cons will gladly read the NYT if there's a chance POTUS will come out of it looking bad.

    All optics.  No vision.

     

     

     

     

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    So the liberal rag is all for giving Putin a bigger bang for his buck. Got it.

     

     

     

     

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    No, Putin is for getting the most mileage out of an op-ed as he can.

    Putin goes to the largest, most influential periodical on earth with an op-ed...

    ...and you really think they're NOT going to publish??!

     

    The Russian prez is many things, but he's no liberal.

     

     

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    So the NYT ISN'T giving him a bigger bang for his buck? okay dokay

     
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    In the absence of leadership by the US President, Putin is willingly and effectively filling the void.

    It would be laughable and entertaining if it wasn't so dangerous....I recall a great mind once saying..."A weak US President is dangerous for the entire world." back when Obama was elected...

     

     



    Of course, that's what he wants you to think, and the rest of the loony right is eating it up, too.

     

    I'm waiting for the invitation for Putin to speak at CPAC next year, given how he's such a new-found hero to the american neo-conservative movement.

    (War-monger, neo-con media plant and liar Ms. O'Bagy can't come.)

    That "great mind" must have resided in a stray dog's rectum.

     

     

     



    "neo-conservatives". Et tu, Matty, with the stupid 'neo-con' designation?

     

     

    The claim is that conservatives love Putin? My, how the worm has turned.

    For decades, the liberals were kneejerk appeasers and never supported any strong foreign policy actions..

    So when it was said, "liberals new-found hero is [latest American's enemy]"

    Liberals would respond that  such a statement unfairly questioned the patriotism of those who dissent. Their position was "nuanced".

    But now, it seems OK to blanketly claim conservatives love Putin...

     



    Given some of the conservatives' open hostility and hatred for POTUS, it makes perfect sense they would be in Putin's corner cheering him on.  I said "some", not all.

     

    They already cast this die last year when they blatantly favored Netanyahu's brand of 'leadership' over Obama's...even going as far to suggest the inauguration be held in Jerusalem.

    And again, the terms go undefined.  Which "american enemy" are we talking about?  Is this person real or imagined...??

     

     

     
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    "Do you know how absurd it sounds to have someone elected - twice - to the most powerful leadership position on earth described as lacking "leadership"...?"

    No, but George Bush surely does. He surely does....

    Being elected to two terms doesnt give a mulligan to a President, sorry.



    On "leadership skills" it does.  Sorry.

    Competence while in the job is another matter, but that's not what he said.

     

     
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    "Do you know how absurd it sounds to have someone elected - twice - to the most powerful leadership position on earth described as lacking "leadership"...?"

    No, but George Bush surely does. He surely does....

    Being elected to two terms doesnt give a mulligan to a President, sorry.

     



    On "leadership skills" it does.  Sorry.

     

    Competence while in the job is another matter, but that's not what he said.

     



    So George Bush had leadership, but he was not competent enough?

    You make this stuff up on the fly...kinda like Obama's Syria policy...

     
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    "Do you know how absurd it sounds to have someone elected - twice - to the most powerful leadership position on earth described as lacking "leadership"...?"

    No, but George Bush surely does. He surely does....

    Being elected to two terms doesnt give a mulligan to a President, sorry.

     



    On "leadership skills" it does.  Sorry.

     

    Competence while in the job is another matter, but that's not what he said.

     

     

     



    So George Bush had leadership, but he was not competent enough?

     

     

     



    Heh.  It doesn't surprise me that you don't get the distinction.

     

    And when the same neo-con Institute for Study of War advocated for war in 2003, chance are you didn't get it then...

    ...nor when they came out recently with liar and media plant Ms. O'Bagy to make their case in the press for War In Syria on behalf of Israel.

     

    I never said Obama wasn't rolling with the punches (as usual) as the situation changes, but at least he's nimble enough to do so while the media and doubters all get whiplash from trying to keep up.

     

     

     
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    [QUOTE]So George Bush had leadership, but he was not competent enough?

     

    Nero, Eglabadius, etc.

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    Machiavelli, et al...

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    KGB forever punk Putin now someone whose opinion should be considered.  Like having a retired SS guy opining on Israeli foreign policy.  As messed up as we are, listening to anything this cro-magnon dolt has to say is absurd.

     

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    In the absence of leadership by the US President, Putin is willingly and effectively filling the void.

     



    He wrote an Op-Ed.

     

     

    That's "leadership"?

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    http://thehill.com/video/in-the-news/321859-criticism-of-putins-op-ed-builds-among-lawmakers

    The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said a New York Times op-ed on Syria penned by Russian President Vladimir Putin made him want "to vomit" — echoing a sentiment being widely expressed Thursday on Capitol Hill.

    In the op-ed, published Wednesday night, Putin again warned the United States not to launch military strikes on Syria. He maintained that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime was not responsible for the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in which more than 1,400 people died, according to U.S. officials.

    “I almost wanted to vomit,” Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, (D-N.J.) told CNN.

    “I worry when someone who came up through the KGB tells us what is in our national interests, and what is not. It really raises the question of how serious the Russian proposal is.”

    Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.) also shared his reaction to the op-ed on Twitter Thursday.

    http://thehill.com/video/in-the-news/321859-criticism-of-putins-op-ed-builds-among-lawmakers

    Can we trust him now or not to disarm syria?

     
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    I never said Obama wasn't rolling with the punches (as usual) as the situation changes, but at least he's nimble enough to do so while the media and doubters all get whiplash from trying to keep up. 




    you can't seriously believe that?

     
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    http://lightbox.time.com/2013/09/12/witness-to-a-syrian-execution-i-saw-a-scene-of-utter-cruelty/?iid=lb-gal-viewagn#1

    This is the folks he's nimble enough to arm???

    “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”
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    MOSCOW — RECENT events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies.

    Relations between us have passed through different stages. We stood against each other during the cold war. But we were also allies once, and defeated the Nazis together. The universal international organization — the United Nations — was then established to prevent such devastation from ever happening again.

    The United Nations’ founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus, and with America’s consent the veto by Security Council permanent members was enshrined in the United Nations Charter. The profound wisdom of this has underpinned the stability of international relations for decades.

    No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization.

    The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance.

    Syria is not witnessing a battle for democracy, but an armed conflict between government and opposition in a multireligious country. There are few champions of democracy in Syria. But there are more than enough Qaeda fighters and extremists of all stripes battling the government. The United States State Department has designated Al Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, fighting with the opposition, as terrorist organizations. This internal conflict, fueled by foreign weapons supplied to the opposition, is one of the bloodiest in the world.

    Mercenaries from Arab countries fighting there, and hundreds of militants from Western countries and even Russia, are an issue of our deep concern. Might they not return to our countries with experience acquired in Syria? After all, after fighting in Libya, extremists moved on to Mali. This threatens us all.

    From the outset, Russia has advocated peaceful dialogue enabling Syrians to develop a compromise plan for their own future. We are not protecting the Syrian government, but international law. We need to use the United Nations Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today’s complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos. The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not. Under current international law, force is permitted only in self-defense or by the decision of the Security Council. Anything else is unacceptable under the United Nations Charter and would constitute an act of aggression.

    No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists. Reports that militants are preparing another attack — this time against Israel — cannot be ignored.

    It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.”

    But force has proved ineffective and pointless. Afghanistan is reeling, and no one can say what will happen after international forces withdraw. Libya is divided into tribes and clans. In Iraq the civil war continues, with dozens killed each day. In the United States, many draw an analogy between Iraq and Syria, and ask why their government would want to repeat recent mistakes.

    No matter how targeted the strikes or how sophisticated the weapons, civilian casualties are inevitable, including the elderly and children, whom the strikes are meant to protect.

    The world reacts by asking: if you cannot count on international law, then you must find other ways to ensure your security. Thus a growing number of countries seek to acquire weapons of mass destruction. This is logical: if you have the bomb, no one will touch you. We are left with talk of the need to strengthen nonproliferation, when in reality this is being eroded.

    We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement.

    A new opportunity to avoid military action has emerged in the past few days. The United States, Russia and all members of the international community must take advantage of the Syrian government’s willingness to place its chemical arsenal under international control for subsequent destruction. Judging by the statements of President Obama, the United States sees this as an alternative to military action.

    I welcome the president’s interest in continuing the dialogue with Russia on Syria. We must work together to keep this hope alive, as we agreed to at the Group of 8 meeting in Lough Erne in Northern Ireland in June, and steer the discussion back toward negotiations.

    If we can avoid force against Syria, this will improve the atmosphere in international affairs and strengthen mutual trust. It will be our shared success and open the door to cooperation on other critical issues.

    My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.

     

    Vladimir V. Putin is the president of Russia.

     

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/opinion/putin-plea-for-caution-from-russia-on-syria.html?hpw

     




     
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    Re: NYT publishes Putin Op-Ed

    In response to WhatDoYouWantNow's comment:
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    But you told me that Obama's speeches and written communications was a "failure of leadership".

    I guess you must have lied because that's what partisan hacks do.

    [/QUOTE]


    Really? lol so, you see no difference in the POTUS who has the media at his beckon call and Putin who has had 1 interview in a decade.

    He reached the people the way he could. He's a snake but, he is not stupid or inexperienced!

     

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