From the April 9 edition of ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos:
MATTHEW DOWD: There's unanimity around the idea that Assad is a despicable character and what he did was a crime against humanity. But the problem is there doesn't seem to be any strategy. And as I listen to all those interviews before, there definitely is an agreement among all the people surrounding the president. They have to come up with a strategy, and usually you like to do that before you take action. That would be great thing. But, is it regime change? I don't know if it's regime change or not. Is it that we're going to enter into places where bad things are happening around the world to human beings? That would be great, but there's a lot of places around the world where that is going on. And finally, a president isn't made -- this is what all the discussion that happened in the media after those strikes -- a president isn't made by these one-off decisions. He's not become president, he doesn't become a leader by decisive actions in this. Presidents are made by what is the long-term strategy and what is the long-term result.