Oh, Show. You and your lovely parallels.
I have been debating with myself about the POTUS, if she's doing the right thing by not withdrawing troops from Sangla. I can see both sides of the argument. -marinw
Si over on armbell commented that this is why we need to support a functioning U.N., instead of allowing one country to appoint itself Policeman of the World.
I think that's worth thinking about. Clearly, Sangala needs to be helped. But equally clearly, a single nation is far too vulnerable to threats and blackmail. If Dubuku knew that France, England, South Africa and six guys from Canada were also standing by, things might be different.
In terms of the show, there's a wonderful parallel between the U.S. going off on its own and doing the right thing at tremendous cost to itself and Jack operating outside his agency to do the right thing at tremendous cost to himself. Wouldn't it be better if both Jack and the President had the support of organizations that worked?
In terms of tactics, though, has POTUS never heard of bluffing? Why doesn't she move the troops around a bit to make it look like they're withdrawing to buy herself more time? As the invasion will apparently be a failure without Mtobo (sp?), they need to find him before they go ahead anyway.
Oh, and? kcountess wins the prize for having Bill save Renee. The dialogue was pretty close too. "Uh, you shot me and buried me alive, Jack. What do you think?" Luffed.