This analyst’s guess is that President Obama prefers not to use military might against Syria, although he is on record as having said that he might, with or without Congressional approval. He did that, probably because he wants Assad to believe that another false move and Obama and the U.S. military will come after him. That may not be a bluff at all.
Now, Obama wants to hear the debate in Congress about what to do. If Congress says no dice to immediate military action, that would not necessarily be a disappointment. It would be cover for Obama’s being prudent and deliberate.
A report from The Hill says that Obama is taking a big gamble because the U.S. Congress may do to him what Parliament did to the British Prime Minister.
Half of the nation would not mind at all if America did nothing. But, sooner or later the light bulb will come on that doing nothing is a bad option.
“Obama’s gamble on Syria
By Ian Swanson - 08/31/13 04:12 PM ET
President Obama’s decision to ask Congress to authorize military strikes represents an enormous gamble for the White House that could have lasting repercussions for presidential power.
The British Parliament stunned United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday by rejecting his bid for approval of a military strike against Syria.”