September 29, 2016

THE HIGH COST OF THOUGHTLESS REACTION:

McConnell: Saudi 9/11 law could have 'unintended ramifications' : The Republican Senate leader blames the White House for not engaging sooner with Congress. (SEUNG MIN KIM and BURGESS EVERETT 09/29/16, Politico)

Though Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act was easily overridden, many senators are seeking changes to the law later this year, particularly after gauging any international reaction. McConnell laid some fault at the hands of the White House, calling the battle over JASTA a "good example" of "failure to communicate early about the potential consequences" of a popular bill.

"I told the president the other day that this is an example of an issue that we should have talked about much earlier," McConnell said Thursday. "It appears as if there may be some unintended ramifications of that and I do think it's worth further discussing. But it was certainly not something that was going to be fixed this week." [...]

"I would like to think there may be some work to be done to protect our service members overseas from any kind of legal ensnarement that occur, any kind of retribution," Ryan said at his weekly press conference Thursday. "I would like to think there's a way we can fix so that our service members do not have legal problems overseas while still protecting the rights of the 9/11 victims, which is what JASTA did do."

On the other hand,  it won't have the intended ramifications.  It was just an exercise in foot-stamping.

Posted by at September 29, 2016 6:57 PM

  

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