(CBS News) WASHINGTON – CBS News has learned that the Pentagon is making the initial preparations for a cruise missile attack on Syrian government forces. We say “initial preparations” because such an attack won’t happen until the president gives the green light. And it was clear during an interview on CNN Friday that he is not there yet.
The Virginians got promises of aid, too, and the warlike words all four senators yearned for. “When I take action,” he said, “I’m not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It’s going to be decisive.”
Winston Churchill might not have used those words, but he’d have loved the sentiment–and admired the maturation of the man who uttered them. Like Churchill and FDR, George Walker Bush must weld and wield a worldwide coalition in a war of breathtaking scope. And once again, as is his habit in life, he’s exceeding expectations, learning on the run before our eyes.
Just as Barack Hussein Obama is continually failing to meet expectations. Of course, firing cruise missiles at camels is a favorite tactic of Democrat presidents who wish to appear warlike without actually waging war.