Probably not a bad idea. Zapping Bashar Assad in Syria to teach him a lesson about the use of poison gas, actually amounts to tipping the civil war against Assad and in favor of Al Quada. Which is not a good idea.
Note: The reason Obama hasn't gone to Congress yet is he fears he will loose, making him look stupider than ever. And Congress is just as happy with that, they don't want to vote on anything, 'cause taking a stand on anything just looses you votes. So Congress doesn't get called into special session.