Obama’s Syria strategy: the war he doesn't want

It's possible Barack Obama has reversed two years of profound reluctance to get involved in Syria. More likely, he knows how hard it will be for Congress to authorise a strike.

On Tuesday night Washington time, US president Barack Obama made a public plea to Congress to authorise a military action in Syria that he probably doesn’t want. The tell-tale sign Obama doesn’t actually want a military strike is the fact he was asking Congress for authorisation in the first place.

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