The NY Times is not exactly cheerleading for Obama's intervention in Syria:
Obama Falls Short on Wider Backing for Syria Attack
The Dead Tree headline is grimmer:
Obama Fails In Bid For Wide Backing For Syria Attack
Oh, dear. But French President Hollande is with us, so we'll always have Paris, oui? Mais non:
The strongest support for Mr. Obama continued to come from President François Hollande of France. But even Mr. Hollande has been under pressure in France to seek the widest possible approval at home and abroad before participating in military action, and on Friday he announced that France would await the findings of United Nations inspectors who visited the site of the Aug. 21 attack.
“We’re now going to wait for the decision by Congress,” Mr. Hollande said, “then the inspectors’ report.”
Mr. Hollande offered no explanation for his decision to await the United Nations findings, the timing of which remain uncertain, but French lawmakers have in recent days increasingly called for him to do so.
The White House explained that it's all good tres bien:
White House aides said such a position was in keeping with theirs since the Congressional debate now effectively means there will be time for the inspectors’ report before any strike.
Yeah, this is all going according to plan.
If the world isn't going to enforce the red line they drew lo these many years ago, who thinks the US Congress will? Obama's bombing isn't going to happen.
COALITION OF THE INVISIBLE UPDATE: The EU endorses waiting for the UN report.
FWIW: Classic video of John Kerry forging an unexpected alliance with victims of chemical warfare. Or something.