Some politician--I can't remember who, but he'd probably just lost an election--once grumbled, "The voters are a lot smarter than we think." Mr. President, that's still true. The latest proof is a poll in today's Washington Post. It says, please (well, I added that), don't attack Syria.
Here's the key question: "The United States says it has determined that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in the civil war there. Given this, do you support or oppose the U.S. launching missile strikes against the Syrian government?" 36% support it; 59% oppose. That's a pretty substantial margin.
Why should the president ignore it? We are not allied with any of the factions in Syria. We have not been named the world's policemen by the United Nations or anybody else. We have learned recently that intervening in Third World troubles--Iraq, Afghanistan--sometimes makes us wish we hadn't.
This time, sir, couldn't we just stay out and see how that works?