Borger: Obama's irony, McCain's agony
September 4th, 2013
01:39 PM ET
11 months ago

Borger: Obama's irony, McCain's agony

(CNN) – All presidential decisions are, in the end, difficult and complex. And under any circumstance, the decisions on issues of war (surgical strikes included) are agonizing. The decision to use force - the repercussions, the cost in blood and treasure, the geostrategic implications - is complicated and the implications obviously immense.

But as the Syria story unfolds, there is an almost Shakespearean drama beneath the surface - one of political careers made and broken, of past positions held and almost abandoned. Not to mention the political enemies now finding themselves - awkwardly - on the same side of history.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Oh how McCain wishes that was his office.

    September 4, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    "... ... ... but because he{John McCain] believes that a congressional no-vote could be "catastrophic" for the nation. In the end, he may stand with the president.
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    LIke I wrote this morning. The Republicans seem prepared to fool me on this vote. I had thought that they would recognize the corner in which they've found themselves, and vote "Aye" for an authorization. It's beginning to look more and more like definite "Nay" will come from the House Republicans, and they will celebrate their Pyrrhic victory.

    Personally, I'm against U.S. "policeman of the world" intervention until the situation plays itself more. But, the Russians can and should do something about their runaway satellite now. I'd try to turn the Russians indifference into an embarassment. The Russians want what Assad has given them that they willing to overlook anything and everything.

    September 4, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Hammerer

    Are you sorry yet?

    September 4, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    No. If either McCain or Mittens were POTUS, I would be.

    September 4, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Revolution

    The only thing different about this president is the color of his skin

    September 4, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    If the gop ties obamas hands they will be totally responsible if there is another gas attack which there will be. And those idiots with the red hands should be in assads office , he's the same as hitler!!!!!

    September 4, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Mary

    the American people need to be strong and stand their ground and not get suckered into
    wars that only hurt the United States. This is not an international issue when the United States is the
    only one to act. If the British Parlimont rejected the attack in Syria, the Congress should stand by their
    British allies and form a united front and do the same.

    September 4, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    If the gop ties obamas hands they will be totally responsible if there is another gas attack which there will be. And those idiots with the red hands should be in assads office , he's the same as hitler!!!!!
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    He needs a lot of dem votes, dontcha think? Lot of dems saying "no" on this too...

    Not to worry. They'll vote to authorize.

    September 4, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    He needs a lot of dem votes, dontcha think? Lot of dems saying "no" on this too...
    Not to worry. They'll vote to authorize.
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    They'll vote to authorize? Are you talking about the Senate or the House? The Senate, maybe, probably, likely so. The House? I'd thought that the anti-Obama had enough common sense and American pride to vote "Aye", but not anymore.

    September 4, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    He needs a lot of dem votes, dontcha think? Lot of dems saying "no" on this too...
    Not to worry. They'll vote to authorize.
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    They'll vote to authorize? Are you talking about the Senate or the House? The Senate, maybe, probably, likely so. The House? I'd thought that the anti-Obama had enough common sense and American pride to vote "Aye", but not anymore.
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    Yeah, the house will authorize. I'd be shocked if they didn't. But hey... I'm no Oracle. Point is, Obama's going to need a bunch of dem votes to get there. In the unlikely event of a nay, it's going to be a bipartisan nay.

    September 4, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    McCain is probably the smartest GOP senator and graham is not far behind. People should listen to the experienced senators bs not the newbe idiots like bland, Rubio and Cruz, the GOP garbage of America !!!!!

    September 4, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |