Posted on | September 6, 2013 | 34 Comments
If the U.N. actually rocked like that, Barack-man wouldn’t have to put up a red line. And he certainly wouldn’t call the efforts of the world’s premier diplomatic train wreck “Hocus Pocus”.
And who juiced Walter Russell Mead’s coffee?
Now the President is twisting lonesomely in the wind, and the question is whether Congress will ride to the rescue. If it doesn’t, it will be the closest thing the American system has to a parliamentary vote of “no confidence”, where Congress explicitly declares to the world that the President of the United States does not speak for the country.
That would be very dangerous. Foreigners will no longer know when and whether to take anything this President says as representing American policy rather than his own editorial opinions. We hate to say it, but that is so dangerous that there’s a strong argument for Congress to back the Syria resolution simply to avoid trashing the credibility of the only President we’ve got.
Bulls hit the rodeo clown quite roughly, do they not?
Hopefully between now and his next personal pronoun-fest (press conference), #OccupyResoluteDesk can figure out:
- what actual national security skin the U.S. has in this game,
- what international law fig leaf he will have to cover his six (Nobel Peace Prizes don’t count),
- what the U.S. exit criteria are,
- just what the flippy-flop we’re going to do if that Middle East reacts poorly to John Kerry’s attempt at an exorcism: