Instead of just beginning an unnecessary fight at home, the President could have finished up his piddling, slap-on-the-wrist strikes on Syria today and headed off to Sweden and Petersburg tomorrow.
The country could have started to focus on the fast-approaching budget and debt ceiling deadlines.
If the President believed he had the authority to strike Syria (and he clearly does), he should have used it. Especially because this Congress is the worst in my memory in terms of being jam packed with the crazy and the ignorant. I mean, you have Tea Party congressmen arguing that a default would improve the credit rating of the United State.
You don’t rush to this Congress expecting a rational response, you do end runs around it. The Tea Party these reps evoke isn’t Boston Harbor, it’s Alice in Wonderland.
I don’t feel sorry for Obama — he knows where the rabbit hole is, but instead of taking care not to fall down it, he’s jumped right into it. And taken all of us with him.
Secretary of State John Kerry says Assad definitely used chemical weapons:
“What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. It defies any code of morality. Let me be clear: The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. By any standard it is inexcusable, and despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable. The meaning of this attack goes beyond the conflict in Syria itself. That conflict has already brought so much terrible suffering. This is about the large-scale indiscriminate use of weapons that the civilized world long ago decided must never be used at all.”