And maybe the balls of future presidents…
With his announcement that he won’t do missile strikes in Syria in response to Assad’s use of chemical weapons without going to Congress for approval, President Obama is now effectively neutured for the rest of his term in both domestic and foreign policy. If he can’t take this teeny, tiny step — which is not going to war with Syria — then he can’t do anything militarily without going to Congress. He was already stymied on domestic stuff because of the filibuster in the Senate and the crazies in the House, and now he’s basically given up as Commander in Chief. The Constitution calls for one Commander in Chief, not 536.
Whether or not we should intervene in Syria’s civil war is another question entirely. This was simply Obama telling Assad that he was welcome to continue his civil war with impunity, he just couldn’t use chemical weapons. This was about enforcing an almost hundred-year-old, broad international consensus against the use of chemical weapons.
As for the American people being war weary, look, using our military power comes with the territory of being an American, which most of you seem to enjoy. If you don’t like it, there’s lots of places to cross the Canadian border. Which maybe explains Ted Cruz’s attitude, since that’s where he’s from. I myself would like to leave Afghanistan tomorrow, but I’m weary (and wary) of Hamid Karzai, which is not at all the same as being war weary. But again, this isn’t about starting a new war, this isn’t at all analogous to sending 150,000 troops into Iraq. This is the military equivalent of a “cup of coffee” in baseball.
So now he’s helped the Rand Paul-Ted Cruz wing of the GOP. So now they’re laughing at us in Moscow, Damascus, and Tehran.
And how does he think he’s going to win this vote? If he’s counting on the “hawkish” Republicans, fuhgeddaboudit. They’ll tell their constituents they voted no because the President didn’t want to do enough against Assad. See McCain, John and Graham, Lindsey. Plus losing the votes of those on the left and the libertarian right who don’t want to do anything against Assad.
You lost me today, Barry. From now on, you’re only someone that I used to love.