Former Texas congressman Ron Paul or Colin Powell’s closest adviser in the Bush administration? “[T]he evidence that it was Assad’s regime that had used the chemical weapons was ‘flaky’ and that it could very well have been the rebels or Israel who were the perpetrators. Asked why Israel would do such a thing, [former Powell chief of staff Lawrence] Wilkerson said: ‘[I] think we’ve got a basically geostrategically, geopolitical inept regime in Tel Aviv right now.’ ”

Sen. Ted Cruz Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) or Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.)? “[I]t’s unheard of, drawing a red line. So, of course, it’s embarrassing. I wish it didn’t happen. I guess Secretary [John] Kerry is even more embarrassed than me after making his emotional speech that this was urgent.”

Peter Wehner or Paul Krugman? “Mr. Obama, in his Rose Garden statement on Saturday, still insisted he has the authority to strike Syria without congressional approval. So what happens if Congress votes down a use-of-force resolution? Does the president strike Syria anyway?”

The Onion or the Associated Press? “President Vladimir Putin proposed on Monday to send a delegation of Russian lawmakers to the United States to discuss the situation in Syria with members of Congress. Two top Russian legislators suggested that to Putin, saying polls have shown little support among Americans for armed intervention in Syria to punish its regime for an alleged chemical weapons attack.”

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) or Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)? “We believe President Obama is correct that the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons requires a military response by the United States and our friends and allies. Since the President is now seeking Congressional support for this action, the Congress must act as soon as possible.”

Marc A. Thiessen or E.J. Dionne Jr.? “It is true that U.S. credibility is at stake given Obama’s red line on Syria’s use of chemical weapons. But the purposefully weak response Obama is planning — one he has telegraphed weeks in advance, allowing the Assad regime to move assets out of harm’s way — will do nothing to salvage U.S. credibility.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) or Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)? “The United States should only engage militarily when it is pursuing a clear and attainable national security goal. Military action taken simply to send a message or save face does not meet that standard.”