I fully admit I am a terrible chess player. I chafe at the strictures of the movements of men and I struggle anticipating movements beyond the next two or possibly three. I have a tendency to imagine more moves for myself than really are possible and it invariably gets me in trouble. Therefore, I might play a friendly game with my kid on a rainy day but I will decline playing a match against my husband under almost all circumstances. It's no fun if the end result is pre-ordained.
It's an inept analogy, but one that I see writ large with the Syria situation. I see people like our Sunday show big guest John Kerry (and Sunday show regular John McCain, come to that) pushing for an attack in Syria, but his history and rhetoric make me wonder if he really can see beyond the immediate move and anticipate what his opponent's response will be. Do they see what the move will be three moves from now? Do they see a path to victory and how exactly do they define that? I can't see the moves on the board. Every move I anticipate results in a loss.
But then again, I've already admitted I'm a terrible chess player. So I want to hear exactly how many moves Kerry & Co. are anticipating before I can get behind supporting an attack on Syria.
ABC's "This Week" — Secretary of State John Kerry; Foreign policy panel: ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Terry Moran and ABC News Global Affairs Anchor Christiane Amanpour overseas, plus ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, former Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chair Gen. James Cartwright USMC (Ret.), and Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Vali Nasr. Political panel: political strategists James Carville and Mary Matalin, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, and television and radio host Tavis Smiley. Sunday spotlight: former Marine Steven Rhodes.
NBC's "Meet the Press" — Kerry; Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J. Roundtable: Editor of the Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol; co-anchor and managing editor of “The PBS Newshour,” Gwen Ifill, who interviewed President Obama this week; Former White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs; and anchor for BBC World News America, Katty Kay. NBC’s Ann Curry.
CBS' "Face the Nation" — Kerry; Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., John McCain and Tim Kaine, D-Va. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
MSNBC's "UP with Steve Kornacki" - No guest list released.
MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" - No guest list released.
CNN's "State of the Union" — Kerry; Reps. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Scott Rigell, R-Va.; Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Panel: former Centcom Commander General Anthony Zinni, Middle East analyst Robin Wright and Jeremy Bash, former Chief of Staff to Leon Panetta. Political panel: Donna Brazil, David Frum, Cornel Belcher and Ross Douthat.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - No guest list released.
CNN's "Reliable Sources" - (Guest host: Brian Stelter of NY Times) CNN's Frederik Pleitgen, The Wall Street Journal's Sam Dagher, The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone, The Daily Caller's Matt Lewis and Al Monitor's Foreign Policy Reporter Laura Rozen, The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, Deadspin's Tim Burke, BuzzFeed's Whitney Jefferson,
"Fox News Sunday" — Kerry; Panel: Gen Jack Keane, Retired four-star General; Joe Lieberman, Former U.S. Senator (I-CT); Jennifer Rubin, “The Right Turn” blog; Charles Lane, Editorial Writer for The Washington Post.
By the way, in the useless trivia department, the actor Max Pomeranc, who played Josh in the above clip, grew up to become Anthony Weiner's Deputy Chief of Staff. Guess he really needed to develop those skills in foreseeing future moves, huh?
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