A week ago Saturday, the President announced that rather than strike Syria that weekend, as we all expected, he was turning the whole thing over to Congress, even though he claimed he had the power to act without their consent. So he shrank as Commander in Chief.
Last night, he took the ball from Congress and handed it to Vladimir Putin, shrinking even more and basically out-sourcing Syria from another branch of his government to our enemy.
This is both pathetic and scary.
The original purpose of the speech had been to rally public support on the eve of a scheduled Senate vote on the Syria strike. Once that vote got postponed, the speech should have been postponed as well.
You don’t ask all the networks for prime time to announce that you are postponing a vote in Congress so you can follow Putin down the primrose path.