The story thus far (at least as best I can make out): Now we're going to consult Congress for cover, although we reserve the option to bomb stuff without their say-so in the future, provided it polls well in NYC newsrooms*.
What I find interesting here is how influential the actions of the other half of the symbiotic organism
that is the Media-Executive branch of our government have been:
McCain and the GOP hawks have been calling for regime
change in Damascus for years now, and getting ignored by the administration.
Meanwhile, the media would talk a little aggressive if something
particularly photogenic happened over there, but were largely quiescent
until the chemical weapon incident happened, when they suddenly got all "REMEMBER THE MAINE!"
When he saw that 30 Rock had its warpaint on, only then did Barack start drawing lines and poking Assad in the chest and asking people to hold his coat and wind up for a punch...
...at which point the media started running promo pieces like "This week
on Meet The Press: "What Will Be The Price Of War In Syria?" and "Is
America Ready For Another War?" and all of a sudden, Pres. Urkel is all
"HOLD ME BACK, BRO!"at Congress...
*The media is even more enamored of Obama than they were of Clinton because, while Clinton could be steered by opinion polls, Obama can only be steered by opinion polls of Midtown Manhattan.