Politicians (and judges) embrace the law when it serves their purpose, and ignore it when it doesn’t. That choice has consequences, eventually.
Here think of Bashar al Assad as the Devil, Obama as William Roper. Sir Thomas More as Pope Francis. In this as in so many of Obama’s trangressions, the rule of law is the United States Constitution. I imagine he despises the oath he took to defend and protect it.
William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
William Roper: Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that!
Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!