Republican insiders say legislation already is in the works to pressure the White House into expanding the war against the Islamic State and increasing pressure on Russia and Iran, as the GOP takeover of the Senate provides neocons and war hawks with their first bully pulpit since the end of George W. Bush’s presidency.
“The biggest impact will be the ability of Republicans to make noise,” said Gordon Adams, an international relations professor and U.S. foreign policy analyst at American University.
“They can influence the atmosphere of debate and, to some degree, put the administration under pressure,” Mr. Adams said. “They can jump up and down and wave their arms, but Congress does not make policy. Actually, policy — deploying troops, ordering bombing sorties, leveling sanctions — gets made in the White House.”
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