Well, I guess it's up to the right wing loons in the House to strike a blow for sanity on Syria
As they did on TARP, and more recently on the Fourth Amendment, let us recall, while the Progresive Caucus folded like deck chairs.* Pravda:
Senate committee approves resolution authorizing U.S. strike on Syria
Acting hours after Obama, during a visit to Sweden, said the credibility of Congress and the international community was also at stake, the committee voted 10 to 7, with one member voting “present,” to approve using force against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The resolution now goes to the full Senate. The House is separately considering a similar resolution.
Why is the credibility of Congress at stake? Or the "international community," whatever the Fuck that means, at stake? Did they draw the red line?
The thing I find so utterly baffling about this whole affair is how unmotivated it is. I mean, Obama can't possibly be acting from principle -- that would be absurd -- and while there are explanations about pipelines floating around, that doesn't explain the timing. A month ago, nada. And then, seemingly out of nowhere, official Washington starts stroking its chin and saying "Hmm. Maybe whacking Assad would be a good idea. Why not now, and besides, he gassed his own people." What's the driver here? What am I missing?
I mean, at least Bush had the common human decency to use invading Iraq was a tool to get re-elected. What's Obama's excuse?
NOTE * Is it ever possible for Democrats not to suck? Besides Alan Grayson?
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According to CNN’s tally of declared House votes, 64 Republicans are definite no votes versus only 9 definite yeses. There are 160 undecideds. Most are assuming at least 40 Democratic doves will vote against the Syria resolution. That means Mr Obama will need the support of at least 50 or 60 Republicans. Many are sceptical the US president can do this. Mr Obama’s relations with lawmakers, including his own party, are distant and sometimes frosty. This is the moment when presidents generally call in their chips. “I have been a known undecided for days but nobody in the White House has reached out to me,” a centrist Democrat told me. “You’d like to think they have a white board with lots of names on it. But it doesn’t seem like it.”