That all occurred after the subject of responding to the use of deadly chemical weapons and intense bombs on the people of Syria by its leader had already stretched on and on, giving the Syrian government plenty of time to prepare for any spanking they would ultimately receive. This was the response to the horrible crimes by Syria's President Bashar al-Assad that were basically ongoing and general knowledge for months.
In his oh-so-slow response to Syria, President Obama decided to build an international coalition before ever really making his case to Congress or the people. The British government said no to any military response. That left Obama with France, who would likely offer up their once beloved (he recently dissed them) Jerry Lewis and a few fighter jets as weapons.
With the United Nations saying the U.S. would in essence be committing a crime (in my book that's one point in favor of Obama's effort) the president finally turned his attention to Congress, an entity he left out of the process until he was reminded that even George W. Bush sought congressional approval before Iraq and the surge in Afghanistan.
Obama convinced numerous republican senators to join his effort to punish the Syrian government for obviously heinous crimes against its own people. But his plans seemed vague and the end game seemed questionable. In fact, the draft proposal in the Senate was so watered down that McCain, shocker, pulled the rug out from under Obama.
Meanwhile the House leadership of Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, both of whom may well be searching for new roles in the Republican House majority (if there is one) after the next election cycle, tamely emerged from a meeting with Obama declaring their support for military retribution in Syria.
What made this all seem so amateurish was the fact that every poll taken by every legitimate news agency showed the American people were opposed to Obama's proposed military response. So the president, and later on, the Congress ran around discussing vague responses to an international event that their own constituents felt did not justify their efforts.