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Sep 8, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 48 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
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Putting the Cart Before the Horse

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President Obama, at roughly 4:30 p.m. on August 28, referring to the terrorists of the Islamic State: “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.” Obama press secretary Josh Earnest, less than an hour later: “In his remarks today, POTUS was explicit—as he has been in the past—about the comprehensive strategy we’ll use to confront ISIL threat.” Our conclusion: Never try to put lipstick on a horse before the horse is before the cart, or something.

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