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    is there a sea change in foreign policy in the US?

    a big deal to go to congress

    In an announcement that surprised virtually everyone, the president told his countrymen and the world that he was putting on hold the much anticipated U.S. attack against Syria.
    Obama thereby brought to a screeching halt a process extending back over six decades in which successive inhabitants of the Oval Office had arrogated to themselves (or had thrust upon them) ever wider prerogatives in deciding when and against whom the United States should wage war. Here was one point on which every president from Harry Truman to George W. Bush had agreed: on matters related to national security, the authority of the commander-in-chief has no fixed limits.  When it comes to keeping the country safe and securing its vital interests, presidents can do pretty much whatever they see fit.
    I added the bold.
    ... In politics, where voluntarily forfeiting power is an unnatural act, Obama’s invitation qualifies as beyond unusual.  Whatever the calculations behind his move, its effect rates somewhere between unprecedented and positively bizarre -- the heir to imperial prerogatives acting, well, decidedly unimperial.
    article by Andrew Bacevich

    Capitol Hill to the Rescue on Syria? Don’t Hold Your Breath

    •  There is a sea change in something (11+ / 0-)

      Now the real question is in how the public will respond to the full on assault of propaganda.  Will they or won't they?

      I think some will be persuaded but in general I don't think this is going to work.

      Then the question is how the powers that be will deal with that.  Will they steamroll forward? I think they probably will to some extent.  Congress has a big opportunity here.  There are no elections for awhile. But the campaign money will be more and more important in the coming months as the midterm gets closer.  But still, it's a midterm, not the pres.  And people from both parties are prob not too optimistic about the midterms.  A lot of them seem fed up with their party leadership.

      The time is right for real change, right now.

      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 06:24:38 AM PDT

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