I guarantee it's at least 50% to do with distracting everyone from the scandals without a doubt. Because so many Americans have such short attention spans they need to drag it out for as long as possible until the scandal heat dies down.
Also, take into account that whether we like it or not, obama and the presidents before him have been using threats to these middle east leaders for quite a long time. When we don't come through with our threats once the gov't instantly assumes their credibility will be gone and without the fear of bombs striking them that they will take at as an open invitation.
It's anyone's guess what they (syria/iran/ any other country the US has threatened) will do if the gov't doesn't follow through with it's threats though. Let's hope that they choose peace instead of what our gov't assumes.
Homeland security statement: patriotism is now considered terrorism.
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