Again with the situation room, where the usual suspects are discussing the Israelis and the perimeter they've created around the compound. Kate receives a note that says that the Palestinian security forces are now refusing to arrest the suspect anyway, because the chairman has been cut off by the Israelis and without his approval, they won't act. Jed asks the Secretary of Defense what else is going on, and the secretary offers "a third military option": they can send planes that will drop missiles smaller than the Tomahawks that would have been used in the missile strike discussed earlier; casualties would be "substantially less." Jed wants to know how many are in the number "substantially less." It turns out that the maximum is thirty casualties. Jed isn't impressed with the reduction in the numbers from "fifteen to fifty" to "thirty maximum," but the secretary tells him that the improvement is muted by the fact that now, it would be an evening raid. If they wait till school starts in the morning, it would be more like fifteen to twenty. Leo looks on warily, as if fretting over dead civilians is the last thing Jed ought to be doing as, you know, the most powerful guy in the world.
And with that, we are back to the unnecessary flashback. Leo and Jed stand at the window some more, and Jed talks about the "thousand American kids" going to the Philippines. Leo says that Jed has every right to comment on it, as the president-elect, if he feels strongly. "Some of them aren't coming back," Jed says darkly. "You get the best information," Leo soothes. "You consider all your options. You look at the potential good, and you do what you think is right." "Yeah," Jed says, markedly unconvinced. Somewhere along the line, I guess Leo changed "you do what you think is right" to "you do what I think is right."
Back in the S-Room, Kate says that U.S. action right now could be seen as endorsing the Israeli action earlier. Leo counters that Nasan is probably on the move, so the hour to decide is pretty much upon us. Kate adds that if they do decide to send missiles, it might be necessary to evacuate embassies, given that they might destabilize "moderate regimes" in places like Jordan and Egypt. "Nasan contributed to the deaths of three senior government officials. We've reduced the collateral damage numbers substantially," Leo pushes, still looking for the missiles. Kate responds, "If we act now, it's like taking out a Super Bowl spot for every anti-American terrorist network in the Middle East." "Failure to act, especially in the Middle East --" someone starts, and Leo finishes, "That's appeasement." Jed counters that it's a new world with new kinds of threats, and that they have to respond accordingly. I feel the same way. I believe that the low-carb phenomenon alone calls for intervention at a dramatic level. Jed wants a full report on the possible casualties from a daylight assault, and he gets up and leaves. Leo walks over to Kate. He perches on the table to look down at her, because that's what you do with girls. "What do you think you're doing?" he asks. "Excuse me?" she asks, wide-eyed. "We don't push agendas here," Leo says, apparently using the word "we" in its less common sense of "not including me." Kate says she doesn't believe she's pushing an agenda. Leo goes on. "He has a process. He likes to reflect, consider his options. But at the end of the day when it's time to make a call, he's got to stay focused." And focused on, apparently, those things Leo would like for him to focus on, because focus isn't focus unless it's focused where you want it, I guess. Kate says that she's just trying to give Jed relevant information, and Leo tells her, "This isn't the U.N. He's not the Secretary General. He's President of the United States, and our job is to make sure his priorities are clear. Today's priority is not world peace." Leo leaves. Yeah, world peace is dumb. Even Miss America contestants know that.