The real war has yet to (or may never) begin for the US and its allies in Syria, but President Obama is busy waging the PR battle to win support from the international community, Congress and the American people for a strike on Syrian targets. The President’s decision to receive authorization for an attack from Congress was a calculated PR move, one that was necessary especially given his statement to the Boston Globe in a 2007 interview: “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” But even with Congressional support, military attacks, and especially those that last eight years, don’t always have the backing of the nation. The President received crucial bipartisan support from leaders in the House on Tuesday, but today his most vocal Congressional ally (and perhaps his most unlikely), Senator McCain, said he could not support the Senate version of a draft resolution authorizing the use of force. In the meantime, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad continues to mount his own PR offensive, attending state events, joking with other foreign leaders and regularly posting sunny photos to his Instagram account and updates on his official Twitter page. At a press conference in Stockholm, President Obama made his case yet again for the importance of international action in Syria, referring to the “red line” that has been drawn from international treaties and past congressional action. But to a war-weary nation, and an international community that isn’t rushing to jump on the US’s war bandwagon yet again, the President’s words, and even evidence of a chemical attack may not be enough. By Solomon McCown Account Executive Isabel Black