OK, so now it’s looking increasingly clear that we won’t be attacking Syria, now that Syria has agreed to give up its chem weapons. In other words, the United State will have achieved a military objective without firing a shot.
This is the best possible outcome for our country, no doubt. Unfortunately for the right-wing, it’s also the WORST possible political outcome. For one thing the RWers never got the chance to deny Obama permission from Congress for the attack. So how will they play this?
They’ve already tried the “Putin Showed Up Obama Game.” The problem is, that doesn’t work for two reasons:
A) People are generally happy with the outcome. It’s hard to mount any effective argument that we would have been better off ignoring Putin and attacking, after all. And
B) Who’s to say that Secretary of State John Kerry didn’t DELIBERATELY create an opening for Russian President Vladimir Putin to jump in with a give-up-chem-weapons solution, knowing that Putin would go for it? It’s an old, time-tested trick in psychology to set up a foe to propose an outcome you would find agreeable — and then swiftly agree. The history of international relations is rife with examples.
I think what we’ll shortly see is some right-wingers demanding investigations. Louie Gohmert or Michele Bachmann or Darrell Issa or one of the other congressional crazies will demand a probe into the administration’s deliberations. They’ll raise questions suggesting there may have been some lawbreaking element to those.
And they’ll seek administration emails, documents, etc. that might or might not shed light on that. And when the administration says they aren’t entitled to them, they will scream “COVER UP! COVER UP! NO TRANSPARENCY! BU, BU, BU, BUT, BUT, THEY LIED! THEY SAID THEY WERE GOING TO BE THE MOST TRANSPARENT ADMINISTRATION EVER!!!!!!!!”
One thing is clear from Obama administration’s history: anything it might conceivably deserve praise for must be countered with withering criticism. That’s coming; the spin is being formulated now; the only question is, how will the right play it?
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