Why? Because the American people are no longer easily persuaded that they must serve as the lone policeman for the world. They are tired of seeing "limited" military responses turn into wars where they lose their young men and women. They resent having to fear for their lives in airports, office buildings and even sporting events because many of the people who America fights to save turn around and years later and want to bite the very hand that fed them.
Make no mistake, in the rarified air of the U.S. Senate and the cabinet room of the White House, these views are thought of as those of simpletons and the ill-informed masses.
But when the secretary of state and the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff can't even get their two stories straight in a hearing where McCain, by his own admission, lost to himself in games of video poker, you can't really blame the public for their "simpleton" views. And, after having seen McCain's 2008 campaign, I don't doubt that he lost to himself playing any game.
In June, McCain's 2008 running mate Gov. Sarah Palin argued against intervening in Syria, and I agreed with her reasoning. But more importantly, that was in June. Consider the fact that it took from June until September for the president and Congress to react to what was obvious months earlier.
Americans don't feel the need to take military action in this particular instance. The concept that we must respond or our future words will ring hollow simply doesn't do it for a vast majority of the public.
Most now feel that the words from the likes of Obama, McCain and Boehner already ring hollow. No amount of bombs or bullets will restore their credibility.