The real reason we wanted to hold missiles over the head of Assad was to show Iran that we would intervene if they produced nuclear weapons or became actively aggressive in the region. Not for humanitarian reasons. I don't believe that for one second!
The GOP wanted another chance to earn some defense contractor cash so they wanted to go into Syria and create contractor revenues, that they could share($500,000 for a speaking fee? George W is doing a few speaking tours for cash these days). Obama became so aggressive about it that the American people rose up, even though a neurotoxin was used on Syrian civilians, also called rebels! The words used were "alleged" and "suspected" when pointing the finger of blame at Assad. He very well may have initiated the attack but nobody has concrete proof they're willing to come forward with to support an unprovoked attack by us on them!
Congress wanted a say in attacking Syria and when Obama relented and gave into public pressure to do so he gave the decision to Congress to make and they didn't. Next year is an election year and people don't vote politicians that want to go to war for no good reason, after all the years of war we've already had in the Middle East!
Who became the white knight in the end? Who pulled Barack Obama out of the fire? Russian President Putin is who! The one who said to hold off and wait and talk got his way in the end as the great peacemaker between the U.S. and Syria. So sad nobody read the history books once again and stopped history from repeating itself in a new situation.
What would have, should have, been the correct course of action for the President to take? Look at who Syria is allied with. What strong nation is supplying them with support and arms. That's who he should have went to first to settle the problems there, diplomatically! Now Putin is looking the hero and Obama looking weak! Even Iran's new leadership has expressed a desire to get along with the west better, for their sake.
Somebody call John Kerry back to the White House and give him this week's story to pitch to the world. He's been late every time with the current news so far! He was talking bombs when Obama was talking about Congressional control on the decision to attack or talk!
Oh yes, did I fail to mention that the side we were going to shoot missiles for, the poor rebels(why did that rebel General eat that human heart?) were controlled by Al-Qaeda? How doesn't this government not know that we would be, essentially in bed, with Al-Qaeda, after fighting against them all these years? Are they really that stupid or are we, for allowing them to even consider backing them? That would make all those civilian and military deaths meaningless and that's wrong!