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The daily -- bash now that it was sticking with a situation in Syria Jeff Holzmann.
Is deputy bureau chief would told radio news service joining us from our DC bureau could -- Jeff.
Good to be here so.
Allotment of second guessing going on in the -- here about what may or may not be about to happen.
In this area there's a lot of -- -- Capitol Hill about what the president should.
And shouldn't do if and when -- he does.
I'll -- military action and indeed before healed -- it even.
-- how do you think the media in general is covering what is a very fluid and difficult situation.
Well I think the media is.
Is doing you know by and large -- decent job but there's still some questions that I'm not hearing.
Asked on a daily basis and the first question I think is what is the president doing to -- -- get congress to possibly come back into session.
And today a possible war resolution I mean if the president wants to use force against Syria.
You know he probably should you know not only consult with congress but try to do everything in his power to get a vote.
And I don't see him doing that I don't see any indication that the White House is really working on getting congress to come back to Washington.
And I know that the majority of the country you know would say well congress being out of DC is the best thing to happen but I think in this case you want congress to come back especially.
You -- look at the circumstances there on summer break right now it's on an election year there's no serious campaigning going on.
On it wouldn't take much for for him to at least publicly call on congress to come back instead of going around the country and making speeches about you know economic plans aren't gonna go anywhere.
Or student loan you know plans -- or helping students get out of debt in these plans frankly that make no sense.
Go around the country call on congress to come back and debate.
Possible -- military use you know military force against Syria I think that would be the best thing to do and from you know media standpoint I don't see the media asking that question.
In terms of whether the White House is going to to take that approach most of the media coverage has been you know.
What exactly does the Red Line mean.
And what exactly will you know the president's response be on very sort of general stuff but I think that's and that's important issue an important question.
Yeah I had very interest when Jeff I I don't know I know in a lot of -- -- Are -- the country and indeed around the world right now.
There is also a debate going on there as to whether in the light of -- states -- -- -- Kerry's comments yesterday that the use of chemical weapons.
We as journalists should take that as facts and cold -- a chemical weapons attack that took place last week.
All weather until we get the United Nations while some would say is a more independent.
Confirmation we should still be referring to this as an alleged chemical weapons attack -- you -- you'll.
-- -- there's no doubt in my mind that we should be using the word alleged to preface.
That the phrase chemical attack at this point.
We don't have a 100% concrete evidence and I think they did in history.
Particularly given this administration and how you know they they ran as ardent opponents an ardent critics of the Iraq War.
I think that that we need to be very careful about how we phrase this and I don't I don't think.
As members of the media we should really let the White House get away with you know sort of -- this narrative that you know take our word for it.
Chemical weapons were definitely is.
I mean I think that's kind of dangers I think you know trust but verify.
I'm should be the standard in this situation and you know I've been using the alleged whenever I you know describe the situation to the radio shows that I talked to.
And I think that that needs to be applied.
Until we get a 100%.
You know not undeniable and John Kerry's definition of the word but you know.
Literally undeniable evidence that chemical weapons we're used to -- the UN inspectors are there.
There are obviously under a lot of pressure but I mean.
We should be able to to get that within a matter of days and so I don't but I think that that you know the media in general.
Is is may be giving the White House to pass in terms of allowing it to be.
Two quick and and jumping the gun so to speak.
When it comes to you you know -- making its own determination right chemical weapons were used we need independent verification and until then I think it's an alleged use.
-- and now one would hope that we have all learned no lesson from being sold a bill of goods by a previous.
White House administration Jeff Holzmann deputy bureau chief told radio news service great to see you sir thanks very much -- -- Jeff.
All right and I -- thank you we will take a quick break hair on the hunt but not before I reminding you to watch the likes -- of Jeff.
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