Okay, for at least a year some demanded the president do something in Syria. Some wanted the United States to supply arms to the rebels fighting against Assad, but no one really knew who the rebels actually were, who was the leader, if they were unified, or what would happen if Assad was ousted.
It was an election season topic.
Al Qaida could actually have been given American weapons they could use against us later.
There were even demands for feet on the ground with one politician with a big following saying that as Syria was the cradle of Christianity, we had an obligation to do that.
Some warned of mission creep and a third war we could neither afford nor want to support.
Obviously to end some of the demands and accusations that we were weak, President Obama made that "red line" statement, I can only assume based on the assumption that Assad would not violate it.
Now some want us to do nothing, some want America to be tough, and some have changed their minds more than once in the past few days.
Someone used Sarin gas on civilians, but no one is sure who did. And, when one of the players in the rebel forces has a history of blowing itself up to get what it wants, there is a possibility that the use of gas was self-inflicted so they could get guns from us.
We, the American people, went full force into a war 10 years ago because we were told there were WMD's and believed those who predicted "Shock and Awe" and a real quick victory, and because people abused our patriotism and kept stoking that with lapel pins, calling anyone who opposed the war "terrorist sympathizers", and shaming us for not supporting the troops when we really did and could see that as cannon fodder they were called "hero", but when they returned home they were called "homeless".
People will benefit, once again, by the United States getting involved where we should not be. But those who benefit won't be us.
If the president needs to save face because of his "red line", or if politicians are pressuring him to make a bad decision either way so that they can use it against him or for the next election, it is not right for the American people to be so misused.
When I taught, my intention was to prepare students for a successful future, not to see their futures wasted for foolish "reasons".
With no definitive answer as to who actually used the gas on civilians, this would be just more wasting of life and too many abbreviated futures.