1) Here’s the thing to remember as President Obama begins his final, and quite possibly doomed, push for congressional authorization to strike Syria: These strikes could’ve been over a week ago.
As Ed Luce writes, the original plan was for “the US was to launch punitive strikes on Syria within days – lasting 48 hours and with 43 targets already identified, not including the presidential palace. It would have likely been over by last Monday.” But that plan was jettisoned after the British parliament voted against backing us up and President Obama decided, in an 11th-hour turnaround, to ask Congress for authorization.
2) Congress does not see this as an example of respecting Congress. They see this as an example of the White House trying to share the blame.