Can a Divided Nation Wage War?

House Speaker Paul Ryan has taken a beating from conservative activists for allowing an unsatisfactory omnibus budget bill to pass in his first weeks in office. Given the impossible alternatives, it was the right thing to do, but the discussion about his decision demonstrates the intense frustration of conservatives over their inability to restrain President Obama’s liberal project or meaningfully influence the direction of government even after winning control of Congress. But rather than sit back and play it safe Ryan may be setting himself up for another bruising battle that will win him few friends. By seeking to pass an authorization for the use of force in Syria, Ryan is again doing the right thing. But the almost certain failure of the effort will likely illustrate not only the divisions among Republicans but the distrust in the executive branch that the president has created.

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Can a Divided Nation Wage War?

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