CBS News says the Pentagon is making initial preparations for a cruise missile attack on Syrian government forces. They report that they are waiting for an order from the president. They wrote that "the commander of U.S. forces in the Mediterranean has ordered Navy warships to move closer to Syria to be ready for a possible cruise missile strike." In the meantime, online sites like Twitter show comments from the opposition that ask why they've been left to die. America used to be the nation that came in and saved innocents from these kinds of atrocities.
In 2012, Obama said that the use of chemical weapons would be a "red line" and would change his "calculus." On Friday, while he expressed "grave concern," he said he was unwilling to "get involved with everything immediately" and "drawn into very expensive, difficult, costly interventions that actually breed more resentment in the region." The resentment it will cause is certainly a consideration, but blaming cost? This president hasn't demonstrated any real concern with the cost of anything, although he talks a good game. The U.S. needs to send a strong and clear message to Assad, if the president can be bothered this time.