If hitting Assad is as important as Mr. Obama insists that it is (assuming we can still do anything meaningful militarily at this point), and if Republicans are to trust him (and ignore the long history of the president’s duplicity), then they have a right to ask for a token of his sincerity.

May I suggest that, in exchange for a “yes” vote, they win a delay on ObamaCare for another year? Hey, politics ain’t beanbag, as they say–and we could even use the savings on healthcare to pay for Mr. Obama’s missiles. He’s busy trying to buy the votes of his fellow Democrats, so why should the oft-maligned Republicans give theirs away for free?

Personally, my vote would still be “no.” As awful as Assad’s actions are, Mr. Obama hasn’t made the case that America needs to effect a “limited” strike, hasn’t built a coalition, hasn’t clearly defined what the objective would be, and doesn’t inspire confidence that he has the experience or character to do what is needed in Syria. Better no action than a half-baked, politically motivated, and dangerous one.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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