In his address to the nation, September 10 2013, President Obama backed off on attacking Syria but still reserves the right to do so if diplomacy fails.
…I'm also the President of the world's oldest constitutional democracy. So even though I possess the authority to order military strikes, I believed it was right, in the absence of a direct or imminent threat to our security, to take this debate to Congress.Like President Bush before him, President Obama makes it easy to blame him. Maybe it just takes too much effort to recall that nothing happens in a vacuum including presidents whose actions don’t reflect the will of the people. Events in nature and the world of humans are always informed by what came before. What came before in America are event after event resulting in the consolidation of power in the hands of a few.