Saturday, August 31, 2013
A GOOD DECISION
I am very pleased that Obama has decided to seek Congressional approval for a strike against Syria, for two reasons. First, he may not get it. There is deep resistance across the political spectrum to such a move, which I think Bill Polk makes clear is really unjustified. But second, the move constitutes a de facto limitation on the power of the presidency in foreign policy, and in light of America's three-quarters of a century long imperial expansion as world hegemon, almost always in pursuit of the wrong ends, any such limitation must be applauded. It will be extremely interesting to see how this comes out.