Although the members of Congress don't seem in much of a hurry to get back to Washington to discuss Syria, just as they have done in the past, some are more than willing to express their opinions.
Just yesterday Senator john McCain and his little friend Lindsey graham, the Batman and robin of Washington, or maybe it's the Abbot and Costello, expressed a reluctance to do anything limited in Syria because the only thing that will get results is something more involved.
But they are the older crowd.
Meanwhile, Rand Paul, who does on occasion change his principles if the winds change (remember he was against the use of drones on American citizens until he was for that?) is at this time reluctant to do anything against Assad as he is the protector of Christians in the country.
For him it boils down to Assad, who "has protected Christians for a number of decades," and "Islamic rebels", who "have been attacking Christians" and are aligned with Al Qaeda.
As he said on Meet the Press, "I think the Islamic rebels’ winning is a bad idea for the Christians, and all of a sudden we'll have another Islamic state where Christians are persecuted”.
Paul has a record of opposing intervention overseas, including aid, and would like to have a negotiated settlement where "Assad is gone, but some of the same people [members of his regime] remain stable" because "that would also be good for the Christians."
If I remember correctly there have been a lot of objections to President Obama’s approach in foreign affairs since it involved diplomacy over such things as feet on the ground, arming certain people although we aren’t sure who would get the guns, and conditions that could result in mission creep.
Rand Paul did say that "The one thing I would say that I'm proud of the president for, is that he's coming to Congress in a constitutional manner and asking for our authorization. That's what he ran on."
Among my friends and acquaintances I have progressives, conservatives, disillusioned progressives, and conservatives who see themselves amending previous opinions.
What is good about this is that in expressing their opinions on Syria the opinions expressed and the discussions being held have been dealing with facts, with little if any name calling or jingoisms. Ideology is giving away to rational discussion.
It is refreshing.
I have C-SPAN on instant access, and I just wish Boehner, the Speaker of the house who is in the position to do so, would call Congress back to Washington sooner than September 9 to get the discussion going.
And when they do get going, it looks like it will be the old guard who thinks of country first, and the younger crowd who prefers to see things in religious terms going up against each other.