The warning lights and whistles are all going off on this one, this is the same president who regularly insists that he has the extra-constitutional right to circumvent Congress whenever he wants to, now he insists upon seeking Congressional approval. Obama’s disingenuous behavior is legendary.
There’s only one lesson here, and that’s for Mr. Netanyahu. Bibi, if you still think for one second that Obama will help Israel against Iran, or forget Israel, that Obama will protect his other Middle East allies, much less the rest of the world, including the U.S., from a nuclear Iran, you are completely mistaken.
Obama started his speech saying that Syria is making a mockery of the global prohibition against chemical weapons, but instead, his entire speech made a mockery of himself, proving he can’t keep his word and can’t be trusted to not try to find a way to weasel out of his obligations, no matter how short-sided he was to obligate himself to them in the first place. He may even doublespeak the world again in a few weeks time, saying Assad learned his lesson about American resolve, and therefore there is no reason to actually have to go through with an actual attack.