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  •  i don't like the sound of it (5+ / 0-)

    they'll reject obama's open-ended appoach, but approve a more limited series of strikes, then act as if they took a moderate middle path? to war?

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 09:40:50 AM PDT

    •  If I had to make a bet at this point (4+ / 0-)

      then I would agree with you on that outcome. I think the eventual results of that approach would create more problems.

      However, one of the questions I am raising here is about Obama's skill at being the sort of political wheeler dealer that could cut a deal like that.

      •  I think that Obama himself is loath to accept (2+ / 0-)
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        any limitations on his ability to prosecute this war.

        If he agrees to be bound by a narrowly drawn war resolution that authorizes limited strikes, he's left vulnerable to the charge of being too soft.

        Suppose limited strikes don't accomplish what the administration says, and Assad defies the US openly. The GOP will gleefully turn around and pillory Obama for not pushing for a more hawkish response. They will pretend the deal for  limited military action was his baby and if Obama had only listened to them, we could have already kicked Assad's ass. And he doesn't want that.

        If he has to go back to Congress to seek authorization to escalate the war, then he has to go through another round of corralling votes, etc. The Republicans will humiliate him by forcing him to confess that he should have agreed to a broader AUMF. And it may be harder to win a second vote authorizing stronger action.

        I think his logic is: I myself can be trusted to minimize American involvement and keep it from getting too out of hand. So it's better if I am the sole decider and have as much freedom to do what I please.

        That's why, in the end, I don't think he will tone down his demands too much. He will go for as broad and vague a resolution as he can get. And that might lose him more than a few Democratic votes.

        "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

        by limpidglass on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 10:27:07 AM PDT

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    •  yeah 'moderate' bombs that moderately blow people (1+ / 0-)
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      and places apart . They'll shower us with flowers the first chance they get I'm sure. (s)
      Too bad bombs are our answer to everything these days.

      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 06:06:22 PM PDT

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