’s decision to seek congressional authorization for a strike on Syria may not be such good news for lawmakers who have been pushing Obama to listen to them.
Now they may be pinned down on a vote fraught with political peril.
Supporting another Middle East intervention may be politically toxic, as President Obama found out this week when the usually reliable British bailed out on participation in a U.S.-led attack, and other governments took a conveniently low profile.
But many lawmakers don’t want to be seen avoiding any
"While Israel is taking care not to appear involved in the crisis, it quietly expects Washington to take meaningful action," Michael Herzog of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy wrote in an analysis. "Israelis believe that U.S. credibility among local and international actors is at stake, especially in Iran. Erosion of American deterrence would be bad for Israel as well as Washington."
In addition, Democrats don't want to be seen to be abandoning President Obama on a dirty job, that as Obama said Friday, many want done but nobody wants to handle.
Because of these complications, many lawmakers have been trying to avoid committing too firmly on the issue.
“If the strikes come off quickly and cleanly without requiring a risky vote in
He warned that the effect of a strike would be "weakened" if it didn't have the support of a large number Arab countries, which it is not likely to get.
The Republican leadership is struggling to balance pressure from its large hawk contingent with the passionate resistance from the anti-interventionist libertarian faction, including Sen.
After a phone conversation with Obama, Boehner said he wanted more consultation, and more information from the