I do wish some "experts on the US government" actually know how it functioned. It is a Presidential system, not a parliamentary system. Congress has to have 66% majority to do anything without Presidential consent. And that 66% is in each chamber of Congress, the House and the Senate. If Congress disagrees and wants to give away goodies, it has to override Presidential objections by 66% (actually 66.6%). The UN Veto is a foreign policy power reserved solely to the Presidency. It is exercised solely by the State Department and the Ambassador appointed by the President. Congress has no say or ratification power. If not done the way the President likes, the SecState or Ambassador can be fired summarily. Bush did this with the Mustache, John Bolton. Obama is currently pulling troops out of Iraq and can pull all US troops out of Afghanistan if he deems it appropriate, tomorrow if he wants. Obama is Commander-in-Chief. Gates, the SecDef works for Obama as does Clinton. They serve at his pleasure and nobody else's. Presidents can only be removed for high crimes and misdemeanors, like getting a BJ and not admitting it. Obama would have more to worry about on that account from Michelle than from Congress. But Obama seems to be able to keep his fly buttoned. More likely is that nothing will pass out of Congress due to gridlock, not even the goodie package if Israel signs a treaty and agrees with Palestine on borders. That would require Republicans to agree with Obama on something and right now they are not talking. The meeting was canceled.
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Details of secret talks for Israeli unity government revealed (Haaretz)
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