PRESIDENT Barack Obama last week deferred a decision on how to respond to Syria's suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians until he can present the issue to Congress.
The president had said previously that use of chemical weapons would be crossing a "red line" that would invoke U.S. action.
Not responding to Syria's aggression against civilians makes the United States look weak in the international community. Responding with military action may involve forces in a conflict the American public has no desire to finish.
Seeking congressional action was the right call. The president is often criticized for unilaterally making decisions that should involve Congress. This time, he correctly took a more cautious route.
America's involvement in the Syrian conflict is not an easy decision. Fortunately, our elected representatives will have the opportunity to decide after a public debate.