Monday, September 2, 2013

Obama Will Outfox Congress on Syria

As a political matter, the president's asking Congress for authorization is a gamble, but it's not the miscalculation that this article notes. If Obama had ordered strikes without Congressional approval, he would have been lambasted in DC and on the airwaves, and would have given the GOP extremists an excuse to introduce articles of impeachment for violation the war powers clause of the constitution. By asking Congress, he risks them saying no, but he can then blame them for having no moral backbone, then wait for another opportunity (and Assad will provide him one), say, "I told you so," and order strikes then.

My sense is that Congress will approve a very narrow resolution that allows a limited number of missile strikes over a few days. I don't think they'll reject the idea completely.

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