I know there’s a temptation during the unofficial last week of summer to slack off a little, so take a moment now to sit back and savor the Smart Diplomacy™:
It all amounts to a significant shift for the White House and president, who with his comments and actions over the past year suggested he did not want to get drawn into the fight over Syria, particularly at a time when the public is fatigued after the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
Given the Syrian government’s actions and his own rhetoric, however, he may leave feel he has little choice.
Obama “has kind of trapped himself,” said Doug Bandow, a senior fellow with the libertarian Cato Institute who opposes U.S. intervention in Syria.
“I don’t think he thought he was going to be in this position,” Bandow said. “He didn’t want to get involved in Syria. All of the sudden we’re there, and he still doesn’t want to do anything. So it’s a real mess.”
The President doesn’t want this war. The Congress won’t be asked to authorize this war. The American people are against this war. So it’s a safe bet the cruise missiles will fly within weeks if not days.