The most optimistic way to view this is that a POTUS is going to Congress to authorize a ‘war’ of which he will be Commander in Chief. This would alter the precedence set by past Presidents who committed US military personnel and resources under the opinion they had that authority. It also involves the legislature forcing them to take some responsibility for what happens.It must still be argued that any response to Syria must have Middle Eastern powers taking the lead with western powers providing intell and support, especially with eliminating SAM sties with unmanned systems like drones and cruisemissles.^The US intell people should tell the Syrian people what is to happen. Put maps on the internet and broadcast for tvs to see. Color important static military targets in red. Secondary in yellow. And color targets we don’t want to hit, schools, historical or holy sites, in green. We don’t want to kill Syrian soldiers, we want them to turn on their leadership.And if we have the proper coalition from the Arab League, NATO and others, we can tell them this. Give them two or three days and after that, all bets are off. Promise that if we have to do what the Syrian people should be doing, there will be NO military structures standing and it will cost trillions and take decades to recover. Inform Assad that placing weapons in civilian areas will result in his palaces and family properties being destroyed. The Syrian people must be convinced that the spirit and the scorched earth tactics of General Sherman is about to descend upon their nation, and what the allies did to Dresden Germany will be done to every military bases, weapon systems, CnC centers, and storage areas. Ships will be sank at their moorings.And may the God of Abraham, the God of Jews, Christians, AND Muslims, have mercy on us and Syria for our failure to find a better way.^I will add that Sherman dedicated his retirement to helping repair the damage done by his scorched earth strategy, a strategy for which he had much regret, but no idea of what else would have so critically harmed the Confederacy’s military infrastructure.This is what our modern military was designed to do. It is not a fencing foil, it is Thor’s Hammer Mjolner and if it is to be used, it needs be used with purpose and wisdom that our Syrian neighbors, and particularly their military, recognize there is truly no future in letting Assad remain in power.But still…I pray for peace.Respectfully,C.