President Obama is likable and has great potential strength, but when push comes to shove he is afraid to do anything and he is afraid to do nothing. As a result, by trying to convince the world powers that he is willing to take military action in Syria unless he gets his way, he has exposed his greatest fears.
In a high-stakes poker game, when someone who is playing a weak hand tries to win by bluffing, and another player call and raises, he is likely to be caught in his own trap. That is where Obama is at present.
He said that he was going to order a military strike on Syria, but when he learned that the great majority of the American people were against such an action, he suddenly decided that it would require congressional approval.
I might have respect for him if he did something definitive without worrying about how it might affect public opinion and therefore his legacy.
Right or wrong, Harry Truman was man enough to give the OK to drop the bombs on Japan that brought an abrupt end to World War II and probably saved the lives of many thousands of our troops.