CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I think this is astonishing -- the way that my colleagues have described it -- but the most astonishing thing is the lack of any urgency. As you say, Congress will be back in a week. He says, 'I can strike in a day or a week or a month,' as if he is a judge handing down a sentence and the execution can be any time in the future. There's a war going on! Do you think everybody is going to hold their breath, hold their arms? Step aside until Obama decides when he wants to go to Congress?
Look, I think he should go to Congress. I think it is absolutely necessary, but he's done no preparation. What they should have done -- I mean, this is sort of amateur hour. When there was the first attacks six months ago or, if you like, when we had the current attacks, he should have immediately have called in the Congress -- the way that the prime minister of Britain had called in the parliament -- had a debate and got a resolution and then went out and told the world we are going do 'x' or we're not going to do 'x.'
But the idea that you make the case, you leak the details, you tell the world that this has to be done, and then you say,' well, I'll take my time and go to Congress and we'll see.' This should be done in three days. It isn't as if people aren't aware of the arguments. He should go out there and bring them in, have it done by the end of the week, and the world, I think, will have a little higher respect. This looks as if if you are a cynic, meaning if you're sitting in Syria, or in Iran, or in Moscow, it looks like a president who boxed himself into a corner and is looking for a way out.