William Katz:  Urgent Agenda

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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – AT 8:21 P.M. ET:

SYRIA WARNING – Both President Obama and Secretary Clinton issued a stern warning to Syria today about possible use of the country's chemical weapons stockpile.  Clearly, some intelligence information has surfaced indicating that Assad might be ready to use the stockpile to save his regime.  However, the problem is more complicated than that.  If Assad should fall, the weapons might well fall into the hands of the rebel opposition, which is heavily infiltrated by Al Qaeda.  So we may have the old "out of the frying pan, into the fire" notion, where a horrible regime is replaced by an even worse one.  We can only contemplate what Al Qaeda would do with chemical weapons, which are easily smuggled to other countries. 

ZIMMERMAN PHOTO – A new photo released by his legal team shows a bloodied George Zimmerman the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, in the now celebrated Florida case.  The photo boosts the defense argument that Zimmerman was involved in a physical altercation with Martin before the shooting.  Zimmerman claims that Martin assaulted him, and that he, Zimmerman, then acted in self-defense.  The photo is important because a lynch-mob mentality has been built up in this case, with the mob, including some prosecutors and some journalists, demanding Zimmerman's head. 

HO, HO, OH! – It has been revealed that the White House is decorated this year with 54 Christmas trees.  The cost to the taxpayers has not been revealed.  Even large buildings in New York generally have one tree.  What's more, the sense of betrayal at the ACLU must be acute...the fact that the White House has any Christmas trees, and actually calls them that.  Whatever happened to the Winter Solstice Bush, or the Holiday Shrub, or the Proletarian Plant, or the Godless Greenery, or the Liberal Landscaping, or...well, you get the picture.

AH, PRESTIGE – From Fox:  "A former General Motors engineer with access to the automaker's hybrid technology was convicted Friday along with her husband of stealing trade secrets for possible use in China.  Shanshan Du won a transfer within GM in 2003 to be closer to the technology and then copied documents until she accepted a severance offer and left the company in 2005, prosecutors said."  Hey, that's good news.  I'm so relieved that someone would want to steal American auto technology.   Maybe I should take another look at a Buick.

December 3,  2012