A few days ago Yleem and I were at an airport concession stand. The cashier, from Jamaica, was watching a CNN news report on the Syria issue and told us: “I voted for him but he dead wrong on this issue. I hope the Republicans stop him. There is no fixing that part of the world unless you move in for a long time.” We smiled. A lot of Americans feel that way too.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee is supposed to hold a Syria hearing tomorrow to consider whether Congress should authorize the Obama Administration to undertake military strikes against Syria. I’m wondering whether the hearing, and others like it, will be needed?
The President is, as Thomas Sowell says in his most recent piece, trying to “sucker Republicans into giving him political cover by pre-approving his unknown actions and unknown goals.” Yet it appears that House Republicans are lining up to support the Obama Administration even before the first gavel.
Consider the following:
Weekly Standard: House majority leader Eric Cantor says that he intends “to vote to provide the President of the United States the option to use military force in Syria.”
Then there is this statement at the White House by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio):
The President does not need any sort of Congressional approval to take undertake any sort of military maneuvers in Syria. This week is all about the politics. Right now, President Obama is winning.
Most Republicans that ultimately support the President’s efforts will cite some amorphous national security argument and try to politically hide behind “secret intelligence reports” that cannot be discussed in public.
In the end, unless we engage in regime change, boots on the ground, there is really no good outcome from a limited intervention. Why should the GOP give these folks any political cover whatsoever?