Saturday, June 22, 2013

Back-Seat Driving

While I appreciate the enthusiasm that the Tea Party brings to spending issues, the movement is often isolationist. While their form of isolationism (stay out of their problems since we have our own to worry about) is better than the left's form (we'll make it worse because we are worse than them, so who are we to intervene?), it is still isolationism.

So this annoys me:

Four senators introduced legislation on Thursday that would bar President Barack Obama from providing military aid to Syria's rebels, saying the administration has provided too little information about what they see as a risky intervention.

The bill would prevent the Department of Defense and U.S. intelligence agencies from using any funds to support military, paramilitary or covert operations in Syria, directly or indirectly.

The bill's sponsors - Democrats Tom Udall of New Mexico and Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Republicans Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky - expressed doubts about Washington's ability to ensure weapons will not fall into the wrong hands, and called for debate in Congress before the United States becomes more involved in Syria's civil war.

Deciding to stay out is a decision to allow Russia, Iran, and Assad a free shot at killing and winning. I'd rather take a shot at even an imperfect victory.

Congress surely has the right to intervene this way, in our foreign policy. One can hope that it fails. I imagine it will since the vast majority of Representatives will wish to avoid taking responsibility for the outcome away from President Obama. Then it would have to make it out of the Democratically controlled Senate. And then it would have to be signed by the president--and if not, have the veto overridden.

So this is nothing, really. Which also annoys me.