Most of the Republicans’ criticisms of the President are political in nature and merely express their obstructionism and refusal to accept an African-American in the White House. That said, their muted criticism of the President’s use of outdated authorizations to attack Al Qaeda and Iraq represent an outright surrender to step up to their Congressional mandated role as the sole institution with the power to declare war.
It is understandable they are nervous about taking a controversial vote before the mid-term elections, but the world does not run on their political schedule. Both the Democratic leadership in the Senate and the Republican leadership in the House are to blame for this egregious dereliction of duty.
Moreover, in addition to its attempt to fudge Congressional authorization for the new war, the Obama administration is doing the same regarding international law in its attack on Syria, which needs to be authorized by the Security Council. But the administration knows that Russia would veto any resolution, so they are not even trying.
International law allows any country to respond to a plea for help from a member state, which the United States did in Iraq. But there was no similar plea from Syria, and it is only military expediency allowing the United States to expand its fight there.
I am a lifelong Democrat and fervent supporter of the President. But that does not make the above facts any less relevant.