PolicyMic: Syria Vote: If There's Any Time For a Rand Paul Filibuster, It's NowSubmitted by P. Nicholson on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 21:34
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) hinted on Tuesday that if a resolution authorizing military force against Syria passed with enough votes, he would consider a filibuster. On Wednesday, he reversed those remarks. Paul would be wise to reconsider his retraction.
John McCain's behavior during Wednesday's hearing indicates the votes for military action against President Bashar al-Assad in the Senate are likely pre-destined. The lack of definitive evidence and the wishes of the American people are irrelevant to the 113th Congress's liberal imperialists and conservative militarists. The battle to prevent entrenching America's overburdened military in Syria's gruesome, protracted civil war will head to the House of Representatives.
So what could a filibuster accomplish? Rand Paul is a tactical politician. He grasps that the House, and the American people, need time to organize meaningful resistance. Procedural delays will not stop war resolutions from slipping through the Senate, but the move could buy Americans time to petition their representatives.