While some Republicans were concerned that Mr. Obama’s proposal was too constricting, setting the stage for an ineffectual effort, some Democrats quickly expressed concern that the measure would still give the president the power to go too far.
With minor edits, that paragraph could summarize every reaction to any issue ever registered by that august legislative body, ever.
As I’ve mentioned in this space before, I think it’s a bad idea to reengage militarily in the Middle East. Why? Because you can’t control what happens in a chaotic war zone, not even if you’re a sane, competent president with good intentions.
If, FSM forbid, ISIS captures an American pilot and posts a grotesque snuff film of his or her execution, the US would be occupying all of Iraq and half of Syria before you could say “clusterfuck.” Does anyone doubt this?
That said, I’m glad the president asked for an authorization, and I find it heartening that it has a sunset provision. That’s how it’s supposed to work.