The European Union voted to back 'strong' action against Syria. But it made its support contingent on a UN report, adding a fresh variable to Obama's already difficult sales job.
Here in the United States, most of the attention has focused on Mr. Obama's attempts to persuade Congress to authorize military action. That's one reason the White House showed a group of senators a gruesome video from Syria that apparently shows victims of the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21. It's also why Obama will appear on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, and CNN Monday, then follow that up with an address to the nation Tuesday.
With media tallies suggesting that the House would block the use-of-force resolution if it came up for a vote today, the president is doing everything in his power to sway doubtful Americans – and their congressmen. And that will be difficult enough.
But on Saturday, the international community added its own complication.