According to the Washington Examiner, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, President Obama is being forced to scale down his Syrian bombing campaign, due to his unpopularity at home coupled with humiliating international allied abandonment. Weighing in on Facebook, the corner Obama finds himself in was cryptically described as hypocritical: "Obama is between the proverbial Syria rock and hard place. He BUILT that himself, eh?"
President Obama warned the Syrian regime not to cross his red line because if they used chemical weapons, he would respond with swift military reprisals. However, this is a president who campaigned against ever going to war unilaterally and who was a memorably vocal critic about former President Bush going to war with Iraq even though Bush had both international and congressional approval.
Obama appears poised to launch military attacks against Syria without international approval, without congressional approval, and with scant support from likely American voters. Thursday and Friday, Rasmussen Reports polled 1000 likely voter opinions on Syria during the same time that the Obama administration was attempting to provide public proof of a Syrian chemical attack.
If the results of the poll accurately represent most, Obama is fording politically toxic waters, deserted by the public and Britain on Syria.
- 65 percent called for congressional approval prior to any military action, including firing cruise missiles or surgical strikes.
- 40 percent do not support U.S. military involvement with the war-torn nation; 23 percent said they are not sure.
- Only 37 percent would support any increased military assistance to protect the citizens of Syria.
Following the rejection of Prime Minister David Cameron's case to support action, on a broadcast of ““Special Report with Bret Baier”on the Fox News Channel, network contributor and syndicated columnist, Charles Krauthammer, questioned the competency of the Obama administration's diplomatic skills. Krauthammer described Obama's hopes of support for a military reprisal as merely a face-saving "pinprick," for which "he [Obama] gets nothing."
With a trio of opposing countries, Russia, China and Iran, each threatening repercussions if Obama commences with military action, many worry about what form the backlash may take if Obama disregards their warnings. Iran is positioned and capable of delivering great harm to Israel, a loyal and steadfast ally. Russia has increased tensions with the U.S. by granting asylum to Edward Snowden and parking ships in the Mediterranean Sea. China holds ample American debt to devastate America's economy overnight should they cash in.
Without naming names, Obama earlier publicly declared, "A lot of people think something should be done, but nobody wants to do it."
“I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets,” the president said. He added: “I’m also mindful that I’m president of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy.” Obama will seek congressional approval when Congress returns from vacation.