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Vice President Joe Biden, left, listens as President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 in Washington.

“Here's where we are with regard to Syria. With all the credibility we've gained in the world, we don't want to blow it like the last administration did in Iraq, saying 'weapons of mass destruction.'”
— Vice President Joe Biden to Rolling Stone's Douglas Brinkley on why the Obama administration is so cautious about its public statements on Syria
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