In a Reuter's analysis published on Sept. 6,2013, the writers suggested that Obama had much more than global loss of credibility and domestic embarrassment at stake if he fails to win congressional support to strike Syria. In fact, it was written, "When Congress votes on the administration's request to use military force in Syria, the future of his presidency could well be on the line."
It was further posited that Obama's risk, especially if Democrats turn on him over Syria, would effectively "hobble him" in all future global confrontations and weaken him in upcoming battles with Republicans. Issues on Obama's table include but are not limited to the following:
- nuclear activities of Iran and North Korea
- an immigration bill
- fiscal battles
- nomination approval for a new chairman of the Federal Reserve
However, insider whispers are that it's Obama's legacy which is ultimately at stake at a time when the vote to attack Syria is one he stands every chance of losing. Some believe the issue over Syria provides Obama the opportunity for a preview of what he might be in for should he get serious about taking on the potential of a nuclear Iran and North Korea.
If Obama fails to get the votes, critics believe he might as well plan a long-term itinerary of golfing, because essentially Obama will be a lame duck president. Doing his best to make sure he doesn't face that consequence so early in his second and last term, Obama is planning a six interview media push, starting Sunday, before he makes his case to America in a speech on Tuesday. In the meantime, Ed Asner explains the deafening silence from anti-war Hollywood activists, saying "They 'Don't Want to Feel Anti-Black."