Rich Galen

The White House chief of staff during the reign of President Richard Nixon was a guy named H.R. Haldeman who was not known for being a terribly patient man. The story goes that he would put the letters "TL2" atop memo that he thought were weak.

TL2 stood for "Too little, too late."

That pretty much sums up the Administration's frenzied attempt to gain support for an attack on Syria.

Americans are opposed to it, according to Gallup, by 36 percent to 51 percent. That is not only the lowest approval for military action in 20 years, but it is the only time that "opposed" has been a majority.

In that poll, Conservatives are opposed 33-59 and Liberals are opposed 37-51.

President Obama went to the G-20 meeting in Russia and, while he wasn't told to wait outside in the car, neither did the other 19 nations carry him around on their collective shoulders.

According to Reuters, he persuaded nine of the G20 nations plus Spain (not a member) to join the United States in signing a statement calling for a strong international response, "although it fell short of supporting military strikes, underscoring the deep disagreements that dominated the summit."

That means he couldn't get a majority to approve any type of international response.

According to the Washington Post, after listening to a plea by Vice President Joe Biden, the European Union foreign ministers issued a statement that "stopped far short of endorsing a U.S. military strike - something that U.S. officials acknowledged many of the organization's 28 member states do not support.

The EU members said no action should be taken before "U.N. chemical weapons inspectors release a report on their Syria investigation, expected sometime this month."

The Post reported that:

"A similar delay was advocated Friday by French President François Hollande, whose government had said until last week that it was 'ready' to participate in a U.S.-led military strike against Syria."

The French surrendered to no one over whether to do something, anywhere.

Making the case might have become a bit more difficult when White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said, according to the Associated Press, on at least one Sunday show yesterday that while the administration lacks "irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence" that Assad used chemical weapons, "The common-sense test says he is responsible for this."

That seems to be a bit softer than Secretary of State John Kerry's assertion during his State Department speech calling for imminent intervention that:


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.