The NY Times finds the lighter side of the Syrian debacle by going to Syria and asking the locals about Obama's latest decision to wait for Congress:
For another Homs resident, Abu Bassam, 31, the only possible response was black humor.
“Man, I wish Bush was the president,” he said. “He would have reacted right away. He may have invaded Cyprus or Jordan instead of Syria by mistake, but you know he would have done something at least.”
We hear from a future Hannity guest:
Umm Hana, 58, watched Mr. Obama’s speech with her husband and children in the central city of Homs, where government opponents have faced some of the country’s fiercest army shelling. She said she regretted wasting time on him.
“It is just so clear — they are playing us like puppets, but they all want him to stay,” she said, referring to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. “Obama is full of talk. He’s so weak and useless.”
And Rachel Maddow will want to book this handwringing progressive:
Khalid al-Shami, a humanitarian aid worker in Damascus, summed up the quandary.
“I am against the military intervention in Syria if it will turn the country into the new Iraq,” he said. “I stand for it if it will in any way help to save souls.”
No worries - Obama and Kerry are for this now but they will be against it soon enough.
Closer to home, the Times finds some insightful Congressional Republicans:
“Obama hasn’t got a chance to win this vote if he can’t win the majority of his own party, and I doubt he can,” Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a leading Republican, said in an interview. “Democrats have been conspicuously silent. Just about his only support is coming from Republicans. He is a war president without a war party.”
And Republicans aren't feeling pressure to give Obama a blank check:
“It will be an uphill battle for the president to convince me because I think he has handled this entire situation quite poorly,” said Representative Tim Griffin, Republican of Arkansas. “And frankly I am reluctant to give him a license for war when, with all due respect, I have little confidence he knows what he is doing.”
I don't know if they are right but I said the same thing yesterday.
BEHIND THE THIRD DOOR... We have three choices in Syria. One is bad and two are worse. I'm hoping for "bad" at this point.
WE HEAR FROM CECIL TURNER: From the comments, the menu of military options in Syria as presented by longtime savant Cecil Turner: