Many things have been happening in this ‘transition period’ that point to one grim fact: Trump hasn’t sworn into office as president yet. As a matter of fact, things are happening that may very well derail that inauguration. There’s an old Irish expression: ‘There’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip,’ and there’s quite a few slippery deeds in the works in particular that bear mentioning. January 20, 2017 is still a long way off, and Obama isn’t done just yet.
From an international perspective, something very heinous happened in the dead of night just a little more than a week ago. The House of Representatives passed a resolution, H. R. 5732, in a special session that included the suspension of normal rules. Suspensions are characteristically used for bills that are not controversial. H. R. 5732 is as controversial as they come: it holds the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2016, with Sec. 303 holding the provision for the establishment of a no-fly zone over Syria.
The H. R. was introduced by Eliot Engel of New York (how surprising), and not only does the no-fly zone apply to Syrian planes in their own airspace, but also raises the prospect of engagements between U. S. and Russian aircraft. Trump’s ‘reset’ with Russia doesn’t occur until January 20, and there’s still a lot of time in between now and then.
This post was published at shtfplan on December 4th, 2016.