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Privately, White House aides say that if the vote fails, bombing is “almost unthinkable.”
If, after Congress has spoken, the president holds his fire, the less thoughtful members of the political class will bray that he’s weak.
Maureen Dowd got an early start with a contemptuous column in Sunday’s Times: “When it came time to act as commander-in-chief, he choked,” reverting to “Barry, editor of the Harvard Law Review.”
It’s a measure of how depraved our constitutional culture has become that even members of Congress, like Rep. Peter King, R-New York, condemn the president for “weakness” because he asked for a vote.
But Americans who care about the rule of law should take a broader view. Whatever Obama’s reasons, this once, he’ll have done the right thing and, perhaps, made it more difficult for future presidents to do wrong.
This article originally appeared in The Washington Examiner.