Thanks to a last-minute diplomatic deus ex machina facilitated by Russia, the U.S. may not bomb Syria after all.
Given how overwhelmingly Americans are against military intervention — and how unpredictable a military campaign would be — most are hailing that as good news.
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio), however, says the president's willingness to negotiate with Russia on such a delicate foreign policy issue exposes a little hypocrisy. A video his office released Thursday juxtaposes footage of the president and his spokesmen insisting Obama will not negotiate on the debt ceiling alongside clips of administration officials praising negotiations with Russia over Syria's chemical weapons.
"Why is the Obama administration willing to negotiate with Putin on Syria but not with Congress to address Washington's spending problem?" the video asks.
Technically, Obama has said he will negotiate on spending — just not as part of the debt ceiling debate Congress will soon take up. Washington has until mid-October to raise the debt ceiling or risk a potentially calamitous default on its financial obligations.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The mystery behind China's aggressive push into space
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- The best places to find love — and lust — according to science
- Sex can't explain the culture war
- Here's the schedule very successful people follow every day
- This simple hack for slicing cherry tomatoes will astound you
- How the battle for religious freedom became a nonsensical free-for-all
- How a drafting error could doom Obama's carbon regulations
- The 5 best and worst states for a well-lived life
- The 6 best low-cost smartphones
Subscribe to the Week