Syrian President Bashar Assad told CBS pundit Charlie Rose on Sunday that President Obama is "following in the footsteps of former President George W. Bush," as reported by Tom Howell Jr. of the Washington Times today.
Assad also "emphatically denied" that his army used chemical weapons and said "Kerry didn't even present any evidence," as reported today by CBS News.
Of course the Syrian President cannot be trusted to tell the truth, but his point is valid. To convince Congress on behalf of the American people, the Obama Administration must produce compelling evidence that Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. To date, proponents of a military strike have not convinced Congress, as evidenced by the Huffington Post, who is tracking likely votes by members.
In fact, the summary of the results states,
Over just the past week, the share of Americans who oppose U.S. airstrikes in Syria has surged 15 points, from 48% to 63%, as many who were undecided about the issue have turned against military action. [added emphasis]
Assad emphatically said that John Kerry "didn't present anything, not yet. Nothing so far... not a single shred of evidence."
Even if there was indisputable evidence, the Pentagon "...ruled out hitting Syrian chemical weapons stockpiles..." as reported by the Examiner on Saturday.
So what exactly is the goal?