Public condemnation has been unexpectedly intense. Mr. Obama belatedly realized he was going to have to take all the blame if he followed through on his murderous plan to bomb Syria. His "legacy" might have started to stink. So, instead of admitting that bombing is not a solution he's going to enlist political cover. One might hope that Congress would block him but one would be wrong.
Regardless whether an authorization of force resolution passes there are more than enough votes in Congress to give an illusion of support. And that's all Mr. Obama needs. A cynic might add that by throwing the question to Congress Mr. Obama also successfully muddies the water regarding proof — such a cacophony will be raised that nobody anymore will be sure of anything. Also, the Israel Lobby gets to put the pedal to the metal: it thinks the road to Tehran leads through Damascus. Serious people will bless another war.
All of this intentionally leaves ordinary people out of the picture. What to do? Who is our political partner? Are we completely powerless?