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    Much will be made in the coming hours and days over the politics of asking Congress for authorization for use of force against Syria. (Let's call it for what it would be: An act of war.) We will see nauseating positioning, maneuvering, and weaseling from Congress critters, their surrogates, patrons, and retainers. Listen and watch if you have the stomach for it. And Obama might be up to his eyeballs in political calculation here too, but it is a happy coincidence when upholding democratic process aligns with political expediency.

    Because another reality could be that this President is taking one small step, maybe reluctantly, in changing the process in how this country uses military force in the world. If the American people start to think that it is the right and expected thing to do to demand that Congress sanction an act of war before it is perpetrated, that would be a good thing. If we can get past the idea that one man can launch the might of this country and its people to kill and die on his own say-so, who knows where it could lead? Maybe we finally stop using the poison of "American exceptionalism" to sanction war in violation of international law.

    If progressives were voting for policies they believe in, they would be voting for Dr. Jill Stein.

    by Wahrheit on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 12:23:31 PM PDT

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