Decision Delayed, Jon and Max Still Mum
The Senate vote to authorize military action against Syria has been postponed, so maybe it’s smart politics for Jon Tester and Max Baucus to remain mum on how they may vote. Steve Daines, on the other hand, is more than happy to get headlines aligning his NO vote with popular opinion. Good politics for Montana’s next Senator.
Almost every way you look at the various rhetoric supporting authorizing military force, it doesn’t make sense. The Polish Wolf has a post worth reading. In addition to asking if it’s prudent for Congress to set a precedent of using military force to address this particular international norm—a norm that sprang from a historical context of trench warfare that doesn’t exist today—PW also makes the good point that doing so could gift competing nations, like Russia and China, with a new template for targeted military intervention of their own.
Overwhelming popular opposition to this military intervention is buying time, and during this dangerous time period, it’s only going to get worse for those in and around Syria. Whatever is really going on in this geopolitical proxy war, the hell of it is unimaginable.
I’m also having difficulty trying to imagine what exactly the president is going to say tomorrow.