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Elites fall right into trap, fecklessly support war secrecy

Whatever you think of Secretary of State John Kerry, or the Obama administration's case for attacking Syria, we can hopefully all agree that Kerry accidentally did the country a great service on Tuesday afternoon. Actually two great services.

First, he clarified what should be an obvious point -- that when you bomb a country, you increase the likelihood that further military action will follow. Then, by so doing, he invited war supporters and other elites to align themselves with the cause of hiding the consequences of military action from the public.

The trap was so subtle, and so unintentionally set, that a day later it's unclear whether anyone who fell into it realizes what happened.

So here's what happened.

Early in his Tuesday testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry engaged in a bit of improvisational contingency planning that in hindsight he probably wishes he'd withheld from the public.

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