The Syrian conflict continues to get tense. The President, who backed out of his original “red line” statement to an extent in Sweden this week, is pushing for authorization for a military strike in the region. The decision, which is increasingly unpopular at home and abroad, is drawing criticism and also support from some unlikely of places.

Both John Boehner and John McCain asserted that they believe that the military strike was the right thing to do and in National Security interests, while Rand Paul and others are holding firm in their position against the President’s plan. Democrats, too, are struggling with the decision. The anti-war contingency, still stinging from the conflicts that continue in Iraq and Afghanistan, are finding it hard to keep with the President and explain away their dissidence in the past (of course… that was George W. Bush so at least they have that excuse still).

In an interesting twist, Russian authoritarian Vladmir Putin is weighing in on the conflict. Angry over the recent actions of the United States, and his apparent snub to President Obama in the Edward Snowden case, is causing tensions in the region to grow even more. Putin has promised to send backup and military protection to Syria should the Obama Administration launch an attack on the region. The President has to back track on his promise, creating confusion both on Capitol Hill and in the military community. If he were to take action, he would be upsetting both foe and ally alike. If he were to not do anything, he is reaffirming what Americans have feared: our presence in the world is growing weaker and weaker. Suddenly, the President and his minions on Capitol Hill are realizing that the peace before policy and principle that they touted did not work. I believe there are many across America (and the world) saying: I told you so.