WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of President Barack Obama's top allies say the president misread a few crucial political forces when he asked Congress to support his bid to strike Syria over last month's chemical weapons attack.
They say the chief one is the nation's profound weariness with military entanglements in the Middle East.
These allies say they believe Obama underestimated the power of that public sentiment. They say he also overestimated lawmakers' willingness to make risky votes 14 months before the next congressional elections.
Democratic Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia said top Democrats like Nancy Pelosi could have warned the president of likely resistance if he had asked them before publicly seeking Congress' approval.
One Democratic congressman from Maryland says feedback in his district is running 99-1 against a U.S. airstrike in Syria.