The upcoming Congressional vote on whether or not to give Obama permission to embroil America in Syria’s civil war may well come down to a test of loyalty for his followers and fellow travelers within the beltway.
Many, even among the Democrats in Congress, can find no earthly reason for the US to engage Assad’s government aside from protecting Obama’s nonexistent credibility.
Congresswoman (D.C. Delegate) Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) made this point bluntly clear in a recent interview.
Del. ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON (D-DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA): I happen to believe there has to be a response. I do, I do believe in crimes against humanity need to be addressed, and I am, I can’t believe that the only way to address it is a slight bombing which will somehow punish somebody or deter somebody. I don’t know if there’s some way other than a military way to address this.
BILL PRESS, HOST: You’re kind to join us this morning, Congresswoman. Let me just ask you one final question before we let you go. If, as you said, if the vote were held today, the president would probably not win it. If he doesn’t win it, a week from now, do you think the president will be justified in taking action on his own, you know, unilaterally with Congress having voted against it?
HOLMES NORTON: No, oh boy, no. I think it’ll be like the red line trap. He said if the red line you cross it. I think once you say, “I’m going to Congress,” you can’t say, “Okay, I’m going to do it anyway.”
PRESS: Yeah, yeah, I don’t…
HOLMES NORTON: So I think he’ll be in real trouble if he then does it anyway. No president has done that.
PRESS: It’s not an easy decision for any of you, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.
HOLMES NORTON: Oh, and I’d like to say, Bill, that if he gets saved at all, I think it’ll be because, it’ll be because of loyalty of Democrats. They just don’t want to see him shamed and humiliated on the national stage.
PRESS: Yeah, right.
HOLMES NORTON: At the, at the moment, that’s the only reason I would vote for it if I could vote on it.
That pretty much sums up the overall position of Congress. The only reason that Obama might get Congressional permission for his latest foreign adventure is that many don’t want to maim or destroy the boy’s cult of personality, irrespective of the what the costs of maintaining it are to our nation.
I’m afraid, however, that I don’t share Del. Holmes Norton’s confidence that Obama would abide by “No” vote by Congress, especially if the House votes “no” and the Senate votes “yes” or even comes close to voting in favor it. There’s always the possibility that the House could vote against a US military strike and Obama could go forward with it anyway. Obama and some others have already argued that the boy would have the constitutional authority to order strikes without Congress’ authorization, though how they come up with idea beggars reason.
Remember also that Obama is still begging for foreign authorization for striking Syria in aid of Al-Qaeda and the other jihadis rebelling against Assad’s government. As with Libya, this is all the boy’s ever felt he needed to send in American troops.