Unfriggin real...hello? take a clue from GB and leave it alone. We're spread thin enough already and we've left enough weapons over there to start another 3rd world military.
LOVE the comparison to Jimmy Carter & "Tricky" Dick!
This whole "pump fake" with Syria is one of the most incompetent things I have ever seen.
These guys had over a year to sell a case to the American People on action, should this moment come, and they did not. The only one who really said something all this time was Sen. John McCain. Plus on the international front the State Department has done nothing to get other people (Besides the Gulf states, who already hate Assad, and Turkey - See the Gulf States) on board internationally. I think it is because the higher ups in the State Department have been chosen these last few years for political reliability domestically (I.E. maintaining the Benghazi coverup) over any sense of professionalism or competence. We're seeing the effects if this disorganization and amateur hour stuff now.
By the way, whatever Congress is going to do (The threat followed by no action from President Obama has effectively honked off both sides) the Nimitz battle group is now moving:
USS Nimitz carrier moves into Red Sea
I also wonder what he effect of this mess will be elsewhere in the world when people wonder about the US honoring commitments we make. The amateurism here is stunning. Most importantly, they seem to have no plan at all, at least none they have shared, about what is supposed to happen after we start shooting as far as force levels we are willing to commit and objectives we are aiming to accomplish. Are we helping the rebels? Are we aiming to degrade warfighting abilities? Are we coordinating any work with arming the rebels, assuming that if we shoot and Assad stays in power he won't be in a good mood regarding us anyway and neither will his backers?