Obama’s syria resolution faces uphill battle in House

Last night, I watched the backend of the House Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Syria resolution. It provided a sample, albeit a small one (around 15 congressmen), of the views of House members.

If the sample is representative — it may not be because it was weighted in favor of newer members who tend to be less inclined to intervene — then the administration’s resolution will not pass. Indeed, if the sample is representative, the vote may not even be particularly close.

The combination of Republicans who don’t understand the importance of America possessing credible military power in the Middle East and Democrats who believe that America should not exercise military power anywhere (at least if there’s the slightest risk involved) seems poised to carry the day in the House. And a growing number Republicans have come to share the Democrats’ view of exercising U.S. power.


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