That support for a strike would dissipate over time? Unlikely. President Bush has political capital to burn. And, being a Republican, he could go months without acting before anyone questioned his manhood. As for international support: The forms of it that are vital to the military strike itself—ranging from NATO's formal backing to the strategic aid being given by Pakistan and other -stans—are already in place or soon will be. And international support of a less formal sort could actually grow if we evince great care and deliberation.
After what was probably the most traumatic week for America of my lifetime, there are signs of stability, if not normalcy. There's been no second-wave terrorist assault. Financial markets—rattled first by the assault and then by Bush's war talk—have calmed down a bit. And the investigation into the terrorist network continues to bear fruit. There may be good reasons for Bush to rock the boat at this moment, but I'm having trouble finding them.