So, over the last few days Obama says he'll strike Syria any time he wants too because ....well he's Obama. But trying to get a "coalition" together seems to be tougher than he thought. Well at least France is onboard, maybe.
So after experiencing a little push back he decides to do what he has always done.
Shift the responsibility of a strike or no strike onto somebody else.
So no matter what the results of his action/inaction he'll have someone to point to when/if things go wrong.
Even Admiral Ackbar knows whats going on.