At least a few people understand what’s going on here. New York Congressman Peter King got it exactly right on Saturday when he said: ”President Obama is abdicating his responsibility as commander-in-chief and undermining the authority of future presidents.”
House Speaker John Boehner has already indicated support for a military response. There’s nothing wrong with that. But Boehner and Congress need to make clear in their resolution’s language that what they are providing is only a sense of congressional sentiment and not a formal authorization for use of force.
The president can then take that sense of Congress — which could be for or against, as it really won’t matter — and weigh it in his decision. But it still must be his decision as commander-in-chief. Barack Obama needs to put on his big-boy pants and make it.