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  1. Jun 2023
    1. But as Assad clung to power, Obama’s resistance to direct

      ...intervention only grew."


  2. Mar 2023
    1. One of the things that’s going to help you to be perception free is to tune into the next circle of the “I complex.” So this is your wish image. This is what you would like everybody else to think of you, and it’s not about being fake, or bad, or pretending. It’s about moving; it’s about possibility; it’s about potential; it’s about supposition.


    2. The most visible “you” that you represent to the outside world is what everybody else thinks of you, and there are as many opinions of you as there are people.


  3. Sep 2022
    1. I outline a contrastive, counterfactual account of causation where cis a cause of e if, counterfactually c* would cause e*

      contrastive: why one thing happened instead of another counterfactual: if cause wouldn't have taken place, outcome wouldn't occurred / if X hadn't taken place, it wouldn't have caused Y


  4. May 2022
    1. In the present study, the self and other beneficial scenario enabled people to violate moral rules (e.g., approve a behavior that cause harm to a victim) while maintaining their positive self-image, because the moral violation also benefitted others.
  5. Oct 2021
    1. n


      • Understanding the other side’s motives and goals is the first principle of investigative negotiation.
      • The second is to figure out what constraints the other party faces. Often when your counterpart’s behavior appears unreasonable, his hands are tied somehow, and you can reach agreement by helping overcome those limitations.
      • The third is to view onerous demands as a window into what the other party prizes most—and use that information to create opportunities.
      • The fourth is to look for common ground; even fierce competitors may have complementary interests that lead to creative agreements.
      • Finally, if a deal appears lost, stay at the table and keep trying to learn more. Even if you don’t win, you can gain insights into a customer’s future needs, the interests of similar customers, or the strategies of competitors.
  6. Sep 2021
    1. “We made a very strategic decision early on, which was, rather than blow him up as this 10-foot giant adversary, to right-size the problem and say, ‘We don’t like what’s going on in Venezuela, but it’s not a threat to the United States.’

      regarding Hugo Chavez of Venezuela

    2. Other leaders also frustrate him immensely.

      Erdogan of Turkey & King Abdullah II of Jordan

    3. isil

      Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Aka, ISIS

    4. “It matters to have Congress with you, in terms of your ability to sustain what you set out to do,” he said. Obama “didn’t go to Congress to get himself off the hook. He had his doubts at that point, but he knew that if he was going to do anything, he better damn well have the public with him, or it would be a very short ride.”

      Biden quote

  7. Oct 2020
    1. “every courageous and incisive measure to solve internal problems of our own society, to improve self-confidence, discipline, morale and community spirit of our own people, is a diplomatic victory over Moscow worth a thousand diplomatic notes and joint communiqués. If we cannot abandon fatalism and indifference in the face of deficiencies of our own society, Moscow will profit.”

      Perhaps the best defense against active measures is a little bit of activism of our own