This is CNN:
Two key members of congressional foreign affairs panels say they expect the United States to strike Syria following reports of chemical weapons attacks in that country last week, though other lawmakers interviewed Sunday cautioned that unilateral action would be misguided.
“I think we will respond in a surgical way and I hope the president, as soon as we get back to Washington, will ask for authorization from Congress to do something in a very surgical and proportional way. Something that gets their attention, that causes them to understand that we are not going to put up with that kind of activity,” Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on “Fox News Sunday.”
But Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs panel, said President Barack Obama may not need to wait for congressional authorization.
“Congress needs to be involved but perhaps not initially,” Engel said. “Perhaps the president could start and then Congress needs to resolve it and assent to it. We cannot sit still. We’ve got to move and we’ve got to move quickly.”
This gives me flashbacks to 2002-2003:
A senior administration official told CBS News earlier that any belated move to allow the U.N. inspectors in is already too little, too late.
“At this juncture, any belated decision by the regime to grant access to the UN team would be considered too late to be credible, including because the evidence available has been significantly corrupted as a result of the regime’s persistent shelling and other intentional actions over the last five days,” the official said.
The senior administration official said the U.S. intelligence community based its assessment given to the White House claiming the Assad regime was responsible for the attack on “the reported number of victims, reported symptoms of those who were killed or injured,” and witness accounts. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.
Remember the build-up to the invasion of Iraq? They said we had to move quickly and it was too late to send in the inspectors. But we never did find those WMD’s, did we?
It was obvious to me back then that Bush was going to invade Iraq, one way or another. It’s obvious to me now that one way or another Obama intends to involve us directly in Syria. I thought it was a mistake then and I think it is a mistake now.
Once again, I can’t help but wonder how many innocent men, women and children we are going to kill while saving them.
“Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of war”