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Fri Sep 6, 2013, 10:43 AM

 

Per the NY Times--no vote would be tough love for Obama, good for America [View all]

Read what his own advisors are telling the NY Times:

Although Mr. Obama has asserted that he has the authority to order the strike on Syria even if Congress says no, White House aides consider that almost unthinkable. As a practical matter, it would leave him more isolated than ever and seemingly in defiance of the publics will at home. As a political matter, it would almost surely set off an effort in the House to impeach him, which even if it went nowhere could be distracting and draining.

As a result, Mr. Obama would be even more reluctant to order action in the one case that has most preoccupied military planners: the development of a nuclear bomb by Iran. Any operation to take out Iranian nuclear facilities would require a far more extensive commitment of military force than the missile strike envisioned against Syria. Moreover, a rejection of the Syria strike would make Mr. Obama less likely to leave behind a robust force in Afghanistan after combat troops are withdrawn at the end of 2014.

I think this vote determines the future of his foreign policy regardless of whether its a yes vote or a no vote, said Rosa Brooks, a former top Defense Department official under Mr. Obama. If he ekes out a yes vote, hes beholden to the Republicans. But, she added, if he gets a no vote and stands down on Syria, hes permanently weakened and will indeed probably be more inward looking.


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/06/world/europe/obama-arrives-in-russia-for-g20-summit.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

So, if Obama loses the Syria vote, he concentrates more on domestic policy, will be locked out of a war with Iran and will dramatically lower our footprint on Afghanistan, plus he won't be "beholden to the Republicans" on foreign policy.

Sounds good to me and, well, virtually everyone who voted for him.

Sometimes leaders get saved from their own failures of judgment by the political process. This is probably such a time.

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