What the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has voted to authorize is a military operation not to exceed 90 days in duration, and without U.S. troops in a ground role. The purpose, per the “stronger language” amendment demanded by John McCain (R-AZ), is to “change the momentum on the ground”; i.e., shift it against Assad and in favor of “moderate” opposition forces.
Who knows what might actually be done based on this authorization – if anything. What would Congressional votes mean, in the end? Has the McCain amendment made the beefed-up resolution harder to pass in the full Senate? Is there a realistic chance that the House will pass a resolution authorizing military action at all? Will Obama refrain from mounting a strike if Congress doesn’t agree?
Does anyone else notice the inanity of Continue reading “Syria: Now, the run-up to whatever “it” will or won’t be”