After being offered "a proportional response" to the Syrian military's downing of a U.S. military plane on a medical mission (and carrying his newly named personal physician), the president demands an option that will have greater impact. Leo gradually must talk him down, while Bartlet snipes at everyone, including Abby. The president ultimately agrees to the initial option, but is not happy about it. Charlie Young is introduced as an applicant for a messenger job whom Josh decides to hire as Bartler's personal aide (note: he mentions being sent to Josh by Mrs. De La Guardia, who is later introduced in season four as Debbie Fiderer, who becomes Mrs. Landingham's replacement). Written by
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The acronym BDA is used without explanation - it stands for "bomb damage assessment". See more
It is mentioned that one of the weapons used in the strike on Syria is the AIM-54 Phoenix missile. This is an air-to-air missile and no person in the episode mentions any aerial engagements with the Syrian Air Force, therefore this missile would not of been used. There is no reason for the President to mention it in his speech. See more
I don't care what it is, I care what it looks like.
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Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
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