Well, it seems some kind of missile shower from the sea is going to happen but not within the next day or two, as Obama has plegded to seek approval from Congress. That puts it a few more days ahead, on the other hand it really poses some question marks at his northern European trip. If there will be a strike that solidly defies Russia, then St.Petersburg might not be the place to be just, say, three days after it started.
I'm glad Obama is finally deciding to go to Congress. I'm disappointed he took a week to decide to do so, after leaking his entire strategy of what he wanted to do and how limited in scope the intervention would be. And if that isn't enough, he won't end the Congressional recess and so we're going to wait ten days until there is the beginning of any Congressional action. I get why Obama did it. Public and congressional pressure overrode his desire to protect his ego and that of the nations over Syria allegedly crossing his "redline" and so he decided on the most face saving measure he could think of, which is waiting until the Congressional recess is over and voting on it a full twenty days after the actual attacks occurred while stating he wants to do it, but will wait for Congress and shift the blame onto them.
A nice political move and a solid face saving measure. It practically guarantees that there won't be military intervention as a result of these attacks as well, unless something new develops and in the outside chance there is an intervention, after twenty days, any effect of a limited, narrow, close ended intervention would be even more negligible.
I love it, Cameron sticks out his political neck and using the same forceful language that Obama is, and risks his political survival and future to get a vote done. Hollande is the same way and will have a vote next Wednesday. Now Obama could've ended the recess, but decided to wait ten days, leaving the French if they vote for action, high and dry for a whole week. Wouldn't be the first time the US has left their French "allies" high and dry of course when it comes to even a limited military response.
But that's American political courage for ya.
I bet the Assad Government is breathing a complete sigh of relief now, if not celebrating this turn of events.