President Barack Obama listens in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, where he announced that he is nominating Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, John Brennan, center, as the new CIA director; and former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, right, as the new defense secretary.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Pentagon Preps Cruise Missiles to Attack Syria, But US Still Hesitant To Intervene

Obama has also emphasized in the past that quick intervention in the years-old Syrian civil war was problematic because of the international considerations that should precede a military strike.