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  •  A slightly comforting thought (1+ / 0-)
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    If Obama wasn't being bantered about by the media as a failed lame duck who is about to potentially face a Republican Senate in 2014 there might be a better chance of that.

    •  So you're saying the Iranians would... (0+ / 0-)

      look at that and consider Congress to have more hand than the President. Interesting.

      It's not as though Congress is doing particularly well in the media, either.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 10:18:32 AM PST

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      •  It's a factor (2+ / 0-)
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        The weaker a president is perceived to be (whether or not that perception is even accurate) the less trust others will have in his ability to face down his opponents and prevail on a controversial issue. I think those around the world who look at U.S. politics tend to, at least since George W. Bush, see Republicans as the more hawkish party in America. Them gaining strength, coupled with many Democrats opposing the president on Iran, would understandably give Iranians more reason to not trust in the potential of a real peace process

      •  Congress doesn't need the President's permission (1+ / 0-)
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        to declare war on Iran.  Congress needs only a veto-proof majority, which it would probably have in such an eventuality.

        At that point it's the C-in-C's duty to wage the war.

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        by corvo on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 11:54:30 AM PST

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