I think that Barack Obama has surpassed Bill Clinton as America’s greatest politician. While Mr. Clinton was shrewd, smooth, and fluid, Mr. Obama uses a jagged edged knife with a smooth quick, decisive swipe.
Yesterday’s announcement that he would seek Congressional approval of a strike on Syria and that he looked forward to a debate on the matter scored some serious points with the Constitutional law types while getting the President some breathing time and a little space from criticism that his actions are no different than those of his predecessor, George W. Bush.
A comment I saw on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal this morning sums up the new dilemma Republicans in the Congress now face. If Congress approves a strike and it fails, Congress will share the heat. Even if a strike succeeds in the short term, there is the fall out that may occur from an expanded regional conflict and Congress will share the blame.
On the other hand, if the GOP says no, they lose their national defense bona fides. They will look like they are soft on foreign policy and potential “bad guys”.
These Republicans have a tendency to fall into traps that Mr. Obama skillfully constructs or can “purchase” off the shelves from portions of existing law. They should realize by now that Mr. Obama has finally honed the craft of never going into a scenario without the ability of throwing a smoke bomb and igniting it when he has to.