In case you're wondering what the war in Iran will look like, the guess is that the war in Iraq will look like child-play in comparison.
The problem, which I'm sure Clarke and Simon fully understand, is that there isn't going to be a congressional resolution this time ? in fact I'd be very surprised if the administration gives the leadership of either party more than 24 hours notice before the bombing begins. No marketing campaigns, no debates, no arms twisted in the Oval Office. Just a fait accompli. (That's French for: "Choke on it, suckers."
It's already obvious: This one's going to be a unitary executive special ? right down the line. The administration's vanished political capital leaves it no other way. When you've got nothing, you've got nothing to lose.
So what, exactly, is there for Congress to ask the "hard questions" about? And what answers would it get, other than: "That's classified," or "That's a privileged executive branch communication"? And how is a rubber stamp Congress supposed to stop a war that officially isn't on the drawing boards? Particularly when the Republican majority hopes ? or at least understands ? it could be the magic bullet, so to speak, that saves their sorry asses this November?
To ask these questions is to answer them.
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