The deal brokered by Barack Obama and John Boehner helps the president regain his rep as a strong leader, and allows Boehner to tell his base that they’ve succeeded in shifting the agenda. It’s a win for both men, Peter Beinart writes.During the cold war, conspiracy theorists would sometimes suggest that the American and Soviet militaries were secretly in cahoots. Each needed its civilian overlords to keep the money flowing, and to make that happen, each needed the other to appear menacing. “Hey Vasily, we’ve got a difficult budget vote coming up. Would you mind sending a sub into the Persian Gulf?” “No worries, Rick, and we’re super-pumped about your big war game next spring.” Or something like that.
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