What's this 'consult' all about? Consult all you want, it changes naught. The ignoring of congressional AUTHORIZATION to commit young American military fighters to battle and injury or death is the epitome of arrogance, and bellows for staunch congressional prohibition. As unlikely as that may be, I can dream about it and hope to inspire a spark or two, wouldn't you? I do wish that " ... fierce opposition among some members of Congress, with a growing chorus of Republican and Democratic lawmakers demanding he [President Obama] seek congressional authorization for any strikes against the Assad regime. ... " is more than smoke, since every member of the congress has voters to answer to. Presidents, on the other hand, in second terms, serve without the concern an incumbent knows, only massive public opinion may sway the way he goes.