Just read his speech as to why he is going to Congress.http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-08-31/politics/41635689_1_chemical-weapons-president-obama-regime
He's all over the place.
This attack is an assault on human dignity. It also presents a serious danger to our national security. It risks making a mockery of the global prohibition on the use of chemical weapons. It endangers our friends and our partners along Syria’s borders, including Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq. It could lead to escalating use of chemical weapons, or their proliferation to terrorist groups who would do our people harm.
In a world with many dangers, this menace must be confronted.
But will he confront this menace that he said MUST be confronted?
I respect the views of those who call for caution, particularly as our country emerges from a time of war that I was elected in part to end. But if we really do want to turn away from taking appropriate action in the face of such an unspeakable outrage, then we just acknowledge the costs of doing nothing.
But hey, who am I. I'm only the President and if the country does not want to confront a serious danger to our national security, so be it.
What message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price?
I think the message is crystal clear. Do NOT use gas and your fine.
If we won’t enforce accountability in the face of this heinous act, what does it say about our resolve to stand up to others who flout fundamental international rules?
And he opposed Iraq, why?
I guess he was all for limited strikes until they got the message because that had worked so well during the Clinton administration.
Yet, while I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization,
I believe that the people’s representatives must be invested in what America does abroad
Seriously, if he believes everything he says in this speech, his speech should have been that I have the authority, it is the only right thing for American, and that is why I have taken (past tense) the actions that I have taken and if there are consequences for those actions, I am willing to take them because I have done what I believe I must.
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation. A politician looks for the success of his party; a statesman for that of the country. The statesman wished to steer, while the politician was satisfied to drift.