Charles Krauthammer: Is being shamed into war really our strategy?

Published: Sunday, Sept. 1 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

It is rather shameful that while the British prime minister recalled Parliament to debate possible airstrikes — late Thursday, Parliament actually voted down British participation — Obama has made not a gesture in that direction.

If you are going to do this, Mr. President, do it constitutionally. And seriously. This is not about you and your conscience. It's about applying American power to do precisely what you now deny this is about — helping Assad go, as you told the world he must.

Otherwise, just send Assad a text message. You might incur a roaming charge, but it's still cheaper than a three-day, highly telegraphed, perfectly useless demonstration strike.

Charles Krauthammer's email address is letters@charleskrauthammer.com krauthammer.com.

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