This is startling to say the least - As Seymour alludes to, the Generals felt that they were honouring the U.S. constitution if not the president. Agree with Seymour that it's confounding in the extreme why the administration up until lately wanted to oust Assad. Guess they felt that satisfying Turkey and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as more important. Sad.
Makes one wonder about the competence of those in power in the U.S. government!