September 2, 2013
RAISING THE STAKES: Obama Lobbies Personally for Syria Vote.
Related: Why Many Republicans Won’t Support Obama On Syria Attack. Key bit:
The lack of confidence in Barack Obama. There’s no doubt the president has been extremely reluctant to take action in Syria. He also showed terrible judgment by painting himself into a corner with his 2012 “red line” comments on chemical weapons. For those reasons, and more, some Republicans will argue that they simply cannot entrust special warmaking powers to a president who they believe is not competent to use them.