“GIVE OBAMA AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT MILITARY OPERATIONS IN SYRIA?” This is not a scientific poll, but Obama’s spinmeisters had better pay attention to it.
Then the British government said “No fig leaf from us.” Cameron promptly backed down. This leaves Obama with only the socialist government of France in his camp. That is not much of a fig leaf.
What’s a would-be macho guy to do? Go to Congress?
Yes, say the voters.
What will Congress do? It will put its collective finger in the wind.
Fifty percent of Americans believe the U.S. should not intervene in the wake of suspected chemical weapons attacks by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to the poll. But the public is more supportive of military action when it’s limited to launching cruise missiles from U.S. naval ships — 50 percent favor that kind of intervention, while 44 percent oppose it.
So, as long as American missiles kill innocent Syrian women and children from on high, half of the voters are content. After all, Assad’s weapons killed innocent women and children. Half the voters think the proper response is an eye for an eye: more dead women and children. That will show Assad who is in charge.
Assad will then go before the Syrian public and rally support for his cause by blaming the deaths of women and children on false flag Al Qaeda terrorists in the rebel camp, plus airstrikes by the United States. That story will sell, because half of it will be incontrovertibly true: American air strikes.