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To Times, Syria is About Split GOP

Count on the New York Times to politicize everything, even a foreign policy crisis fourteen months before the next mid-term elections.

Online today:

"Syria Vote Sets Up Foreign Policy Clash Within the G.O.P.
By JONATHAN MARTIN
The Congressional vote will offer the best insight yet on which wing of the Republican Party -- the traditional hawks, or a growing bloc of noninterventionists -- has the advantage."

Somehow the Times thinks the current Administration muddle over Syria is about the internal state of the GOP. Mr. G. W. Bush must still be in office and the GOP in control of both houses of Congress. It's up to the Republicans to unscramble the egg on Mr. Obama's face.

However, perhaps the Times should visit Seattle or any other big city and notice how the old anti-war crowd on the left is beginning to stir. A few familiar signs ("No War for Empire!") already are showing up on streets. Cue the drums, unfurl the banners outside the federal office buildings.

The left wing protest movement that took a couple of years to develop after LBJ's Vietnam escalation of mid-1965 is going to take a lot less time now. The people in Birkenstocks and pony tails and tie-dyed shirts (a sartorial style that never seems to go out of fashion in faux-working class academic circles) would be quicker to assail US aims in Syria if Bush was behind them. But they still will go to the streets soon, even against Barack Obama.

Ask yourself why so many East and West Coast Democrats in Congress are muttering "on the one hand, on the other hand" in recent days. They hear an uncertain trumpet from the White House, while back home they hear heavy breathing voters in Seattle, Santa Monica and the East Village--and they don't know how to respond yet.

So why are the Republicans the ones to be held responsible by The Grey Lady?

The reason the GOP is split (or undecided) on this issue that that the foreign policy of the United States has become murky. It is unclear what it is Congressmen are being asked to vote for.

If there is a partisan story of interest it is whether, for example, the President has the support of enough of his own party to pass a resolution in the U.S. Senate.

You can email brucechapman@discovery.org

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