Yesterday, I watched as President Obama addressed the nation on Syria. For several days now..our elected representatives and senators in Congress have been on the news and giving interviews which expressed a desire that they ( Congress) have a say in any potential military action against Syria.
Now..most of us who have followed policitics for many years understand these comments for what they are..bluster, posturing and rhetoric. The thought that our current "do-nothing" Congress suddenly wants to be engaged is laughable.
Well..it seems that Obama is calling their bluff. The President, in a surprise announcement yesterday stated that he would seek Congressional approval for any military strike.
If Obama truly sticks to this..does anyone care to guess on the over /under any action is actually taken? Why should we as Americans have any faith that Congress will manage to agree on this and take a stand and a vote when they haven't proven to us up to this point that they can agree on anything?
So this makes Obama one of two things. He is either a brilliant political strategist who is going to prove to America the absolute depths of incompetence in the current Congress...or he is one of the weakest leaders in modern history. Obama's position is clear. The only question is will he follow through.
I watch this process with interest because at the end of the day, I don't even know how I feel about unilateral military intervention by the US. It's not that I don't think Assad should be punished..it's that I think that this should be something coordinated by the UN. Of course..the UN is even more dysfunctional than Congress...