Obama Caves: No Attack on Syria . . . Yet

The world spoke and Obama listened; at least for the time being. Amidst pressure from both the home front and countries that are normally the United States' staunchest allies, President Obama has decided against jumping into a conflict with Syria.

Obama announced in a press conference Saturday the United States has decided to use military force against Syria, but he will seek approval via Congress before carrying out the attack. Here's what Obama had to say on his planned course of action:

"After careful deliberation I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets. This would not be an open-ended intervention. We would not put boots on the ground. Instead, our action would be designed to be limited in duration and scope. Bur I'm confident we can hold the Assad regime accountable for their use of chemical weapons, deter this kind of behavior, and degrade their capacity to carry it out.

Our military has positioned assets in the region. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs has informed me that we are prepared to strike whenever we choose. Moreover, the Chairman has indicated to me that our capacity to execute this mission is not time-sensitive; it will be effective tomorrow, or next week, or one month from now. And I'm prepared to give that order.

But having made my decision as Commander-in-Chief based on what I am convinced is our national security interests, I'm also mindful that I'm the President of the world's oldest constitutional democracy. I've long believed that our power is rooted not just in our military might, but in our example as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. And that's why I've made a second decision: I will seek authorization for the use of force for the American people's representatives in Congress."

The full text of the President's speech can be found at this link:

http://www.npr.org/2013/08/31/217610904/transcript-president-obama-turns-to-congress-on-syria

Now's the time to get on the phone and start sending e-mails to your Congressmen and women letting them know how you feel about the conflict in Syria. The vote could take place as early as next week. Let them know that if we're going to start a war, it should be based on better intelligence than intercepted phone calls.