Notice the political drama playing out in the national debate on action against Syria. The “National Greatness” hawks are making common cause with the liberal interventionists in the Congress to vote in favor of authorization while the American people, 4:1 by the most recent polls, are overwhelmingly against attacking Syria.
This national conversation reflects forces that have been contending for some time, the Wilsonians vs. the pessimistic realists (Jacksonians) and the pessimistic idealists (Jeffersonians). I strongly suspect the Hamiltonians, the optimistic realists, will heighten their complaints about paying for the attacks and their outcome, adding their voices to the conversation.
If the Congress votes to authorize the president to attack Syria or if the president proceeds without Congressional authorization, we may be moving into a period of real political crisis.