Juxtaposition of Israeli Action and U.S. Inaction on Syria Puts More Pressure on Obama

Damascus bombings highlight perception that Obama is walking away from red line that he drew in the Syrian sand. But if he acts and things go wrong, Israel will share the blame.

The widespread American backing for the reported Israel Air Force bombings of Syrian targets has three central elements: 1. Deep support for Israel and understanding of its motives 2. Revulsion with President Bashar Assad and a feeling that he had it coming and 3. A certain delight, at least among President Obama’s foes, with the new opportunity to highlight what they perceive as his shameful inaction.