Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Smoke and Mirrors: How the Pros Do It

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P. Schultz
September 11, 2013
September 13, 2013

 Here is another story from the NY Times as the US moves closer and closer to an attack on Syria. We can see what happens but I suspect that the Congress will approve a "two-fer" resolution and the attacks will commence before too much more time has passed.

            Ah yes, this is for anyone who thinks the Congress will not ultimately, in one form or another, approve the Obama/Bush Administration’s request for consent to attack Syria. These guys are pros, as this illustrates. It is “how the game is played” in D.C. Link attached below.

“Mr. Levin stressed Tuesday that the alternative resolution developed by the group would authorize a military strike, but set aside that authority if Mr. Assad placed his chemical weapons under the control of the United Nations, as Russia has proposed.
“This is kind of a twofer,” Mr. Levin said. “It’s a way of keeping the pressure on Syria and on Russia to get rid of chemical weapons, which is the goal of the whole effort, and second, if they fail, it would keep the authorization to launch a strike.”

The approach quickly gained supporters in both parties. It meshed with an alternative resolution drafted by two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, which would have given Mr. Assad 45 days to join and comply with the Chemical Weapons Convention or face “all elements of national power.”

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