While opinionated experts are sharply critical, the American public, however, appears to support the president's current path. A CNN/ORC International poll from a week ago said seven in 10 opposed U.S. intervention and 61% supported the president's plan to try negotiating with the Russians.
A defender of the president took to the Senate floor Tuesday, criticizing naysayers for playing politics with national security. Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Carl Levin, said, "Removing weapons of mass destruction from the hand of a brutal dictator... is the direct result of American leadership."
"Speculation as to motives, or about potential winners and losers, or who's up and who's down, miss the point," he added. "A month or a year or five years ago, an agreement to eliminate Assad's chemical weapons would have been seen as a significant gain."
At about the same time the United Nation's Security Council is meeting to hammer out the details of the Syrian resolution, Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.
While topic of discussion at the United Nations is likely to be around repercussions if Syria fails to comply, especially since Russia sits on the Security Council and has the power to override any agreement, Senator Bob Menendez, chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, insisted that U.S. force remains on the table.
"I'm looking forward to keeping the use of credible force on the table, because that's the only reason we've gotten to this point, even to this possibility," he said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."
But as of now, the Senate has no intention of reviving the congressional resolution calling on the use of force.