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    Obama: I’m No Dick Cheney

    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 05:  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about military budget cuts at the Pentagon on January 5, 2012 in Washington, DC. President Obama announced U.S. Department of Defense strategic priorities that will guide Pentagon spending over the next 10 years.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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    In addition to insisting that the NSA’s not-so-top-secret spying program “is transparent,” President Obama countered the suggestion that he is “Bush-Cheney lite,” during his interview with Charlie Rose Monday night. The president pointed to his deliberation over taking action in Syria—which has also been criticized—as proof that his is a more thoughtful administration than the one before him. “We know what it’s like to rush into war in the Middle East without having thought it through,” he said.

    And Syria isn’t Iraq.
    Read it at New York Magazine