Treading Lightly: US Political Metaphors (Part One)

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“Bush Dips a Toe Back Into Washington.”

“Chris Christie Supporters “Waiting For The Other Shoe To Drop”

“On Campaign Trail, Missteps on Gender… With a bizarre illustration of Hillary Rodham Clinton and a profile of Wendy Davis, The Times Magazine has tripped over gender-based double standards.”

“The State Department also took the unusual move of walking back the remarks of Kerry.”

“First, shoot yourself in the foot. Then repeat…”

 “The House GOP Immigration Walk-Back.”

 “I know from experience, the only way you get good government is for the citizens to hold its feet to the fire.” (Jesse Ventura)

 

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TO-ing and FRO-ing in the MIDDLE EAST

 

 

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“Abbas Takes Defiant Step, and Mideast Talks Falter.”

 

 

 “Bill Clinton sticks his foot in Syrian quagmire.”

 

 

Going out on a limb, Pope Francis met to pray with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. The Rev. Thomas Reese, a veteran Vatican analyst for the National Catholic Reporter noted “In the Middle East, symbolic gestures and incremental steps are important.”

 

 

“Palestinians to walk away from peace talks.”

 

 

“Powers seek ‘first-step’ nuclear deal with Iran in Geneva talks.”

 

 

“Rouhani’s victory in 2013 is the Iranian equivalent to Obama’s victory in 2008: an electorate that voted overwhelmingly for hope and change, understanding that the process will be a marathon, not a sprint,” said Reza Marashi, research director at the National Iranian American Council in Washington.

 

 

[U.S. Secretary of State John] Kerry told reporters he was flying home to Washington to meet with President Obama to reassess the peace negotiations and whether there was a path forward. “There are limits to the amount of time and effort that the United States can spend, if the parties themselves are unwilling to take constructive steps in order to be able to move forward.”

 

 

“Syria chemical arms: ‘Global red line’ crossed – Kerry”

 

 

“For U.N. Chief, a Dance of Diplomacy Is Halted by a Misstep. Ban Ki-moon… choreographed a precise diplomatic sequence on Syria that relied on others to perform their roles equally precisely. The choreography did not go as planned, and Mr. Ban stumbled under the spotlight.”

 

 

Women in Saudi Arabia: Unshackling themselves

 

 

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Standing for Office

ImageFrom: New York Times Magazine, February 17, 2013

“All Quiet on the Washington Front”.     An interview with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth by Andrew Goldman.     http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/17/magazine/tammy-duckworth.html?_r=0

 

Tammy Duckworth, a strong woman of small stature, flew a Blackhawk helicopter in Iraq in 2004.  It was shot down.  Unassailable in her mission to serve Americans, she flies a desk in Washington these days.