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But what I also said was that.
If this -- averaging used chemical weapons.
On his own people.
That that would change some of our calculations.
And the reason has to do with not only international norms but also America's -- self interest.
Can you we've got a situation in which you've got a well established international norm against the use chemical weapons.
Syria has one of the largest stockpiles in the world of chemical weapons.
This is a volatile country in a very volatile region.
And that was President Obama from last night's PBS news hour on Mike Emanuel sitting in for Chris -- -- law.
Obviously a critical day at the White House as we are looking at the possibility of military action against Syria.
But still the white house -- presence being pressured to make the case to congress and also the American people.
To break it down for us we've got our chief White House correspondent Ed Henry live in north line.
Ed set the stage and their force would you.
Well Mike -- -- being is that you know what's big here at the White House today 6 PM eastern time as you know.
Some of those lawmakers on Capitol Hill going to be -- teleconference put together by the White House the president's top national security aides will be.
Sort of briefing them on what's the latest intelligence and that is sort of setting the stage.
48 what we expect to be a public release a report that the American people can see.
As to you know -- -- declassified.
Cleaned up version with a little less sensitive information.
For public consumption that will.
In the eyes of the White House justify why the president believes Syria was behind that awful chemical.
Weapons attack and why the president believes therefore he's justified.
To launch military strikes against Syria.
Bottom line though is that just in the last few moments the British prime minister David Cameron one of the president's key allies.
Went before his parliament and said in his words there's no smoking piece of evidence -- that's a British version of no smoking gun but for just hours before the White House releases its report.
That they believe will show that an attack on Syria is justified had a key ally who ally like David Cameron say.
Hey there's no smoking gun and -- this is going to be a judgment call the end of the day you've got an American public very skeptical.
Of more American intervention in the Middle East especially after the Iraq War.
The so called slam dunk that turned out to not be a slam dunk.
And then bring it forward to congress which is facing pressure from those American people you know better than anyone.
You've got not just Republicans who are typically critics of the president.
But some Liberal Democrats are saying wait a second you've got to get congressional authorization Mr.
Before you go off to war which is something by the way Barack Obama and Joseph Biden as candidates.
For president vice president 2008 said they would do.
And right now looks like they're gonna move forward with some sort of military intervention the next few days.
Without a congressional OK so I think there's intense pressure on the president to do two things one.
Put out a report about the intelligence that is as.
Bulletproof as possible may be no smoking gun but be something that he can credibly go to the American people -- This deserves US intervention and the second thing he needs to do.
Assembly speaker Boehner as you know asked him to do last night in a letter directly to the president which is.
Speak to the American people the president's been allowing Vice President Biden secretary of state John Kerry spokesman Jay -- all these other people make the case of the public.
It's -- to have to be the commander in chief in the days ahead who's gonna have to look the American people in the -- say this is why I'm committing resources if not boots on the ground.
It's still a significant.
You know bit of blood and treasure potentially.
Because as we know you know what starts out is simply just.
Throwing some bombs over there can oftentimes end up being a bit more complicated than that it's -- president's gonna have to explain that much.
And I'm sure the folks at the White House are not surprised a tough letter came in from speaker Boehner last night but.
How concerned are they about Jerrold Nadler a Democrat from New York saying.
-- congressional authorization we talked to Loretta Sanchez democratic California who says.
This could lead to a wider Middle Eastern conflict she's got can.
She believes in the commander in chief and his authority to do something but she worries about this expanding war -- being messy.
How concerned -- the folks the White House about those kind of reactions.
I think you make -- good point because they're more concerned about that you're right I mean look.
When -- -- a Republican senator like James in -- who if you looked at the checklist probably hasn't supported almost anything the president put forward in the last year year and a half.
-- the last five years to put it bluntly.
Did he coming out late yesterday games and -- saying look I'm against intervention in Syria.
President hasn't explained our -- objectives etc.
that's one thing but for Loretta Sanchez as you say and Jerry Nadler to say.
You might have this horrible we feel a lot better here.
If you are keeping to the constitution and getting congressional OK first or at least the debate if not a formal authorization.
I think they've got to listen to that very carefully.
-- -- certainly be watching this closely today although as you know tonight.
All eyes will be on Rutgers Fresno state as much were paid attention to Syria -- that is big tonight and rich -- from the Fox Business Network and I are planning.
To go big and watch that I think it's at 10:30 eastern time connected -- the West Coast Mike I know you.
As an alumnus of Rutgers will be watching that -- Go scarlet knights Ed thanks busy day the White House many thanks -- time you know look forward to your reports throughout the day but it -- the event.
Joining us live in the studio the lovely talented AB Stoddard of the hill columnist.
-- your thoughts on this critical day here in Washington.
Well I think the president and his administration asserts long blown off the Democrats in congress this kind of does she won't go along with -- -- staying.
They made a mistake in not fostering relationships with Republicans because in times of foreign crises that's -- support that they need.
Even as conservatives rose up against the NSA recently the speaker was able to hold off.
On that vote.
That -- that it's been long apparent that President Obama has needed to.
To create does communications as alliances.
I'm in order to have their support and even be able to pick -- devoted and know each other in times like this.
This is a voted for him up in the congress it would be likely to fail that's not what the Republican leadership wants it would divide their members we're probably not gonna see.
-- any the congressional approval would probably see strikes I think in that given the timeline before congress even returns that's terrible for the president he would be much better for him to have.
It's -- some of the congress the majority of the congress have his back to how political approval and authorization from the legislative branch.
Very very helpful to the president he looks content to go ahead without it.
But when you have the brits questioning the evidence this is a real problem not saying we need to have.
And a coalition of our land our allies we need to get meaning UN approval -- there's.
We -- -- on the Russians that's one thing right to question the actual evidence is.
Really can -- create problems for for the administration.
Happened and then.
When we see the results and and and whatever kind of circumstances arise afterwards.
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In the -- we've got Obama only wants this because -- -- red -- comment according to -- -- issued 55 Momo.
He hasn't -- -- -- we do not belong there nothing is going to stop thousands of years of wars in the Middle East.
When we come back in a moment we'll hear from our colleague James Rosen at the State Department more with the AB Stoddard.
-- -- -- -- That the president will unite here and again I'm gonna keep stressing he estimated to fishing yet.
It -- to respond.
In this specific incidents obviously we continue.
To determine the best passport how we can best support the opposition.
As we've done for months in changing situation on the ground helping them grow in strength and eventually getting both sides to the table and it Geneva like process completely -- you -- the same time actually.
And that that was our friend and colleague James Rosen at the State Department yesterday interacting with -- -- State Department spokesperson let's go live to the State Department to our chief Washington correspondent James Rosen where.
This is certainly a delicate diplomatic time for the United States of America James.
Obviously concerns about what rush is gonna do in terms of Syria and he -- prime minister Cameron.
Take some heat from his own lawmakers.
Mike good to be with you all indications are that the Russians are not going to take.
Any kind of significant retaliatory action.
To the impending US campaign that we're all expecting to see some time imminently.
Likewise -- Israeli sources.
Say that the Israeli government has determined that the Syrians themselves who are not likely to take any of the retaliatory steps against the Jewish state.
That that officials in Damascus have been threatening.
And even they even extend that analysis to.
The so called Iranian proxy terror groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas.
Because it's not seen that the running government.
Is eager to draw Israel into this conflict or into a wider conflict with -- -- just now.
So that's that involves the actions of other countries in terms of US action.
We're hearing in getting this more hints would by the hour.
As we await the -- -- provision of the classified briefing to members of congress later this evening.
About what kind of campaign the United States is preparing for.
-- by all accounts it will and we heard this interestingly Mike from the UK government the British government released a statement today.
Suggesting a stating outright that among the goals of this operation will be the deterring and disruption.
Of the Syrian regime from doing another chemical launching another chemical attack and that they use of that word disruption.
Suggest that the United States campaign the allied campaign will have as one of its goal of goals the targeting.
Of the delivery systems of Bashar all -- military.
For even having the physical capability to carry off another chemical attack.
So that's important details well -- James talking to folks outside of politics and outside the news business come a lot of people are surprised about.
How this is so telegraphed how we seem to know what's gonna happen before it happens in and the Syrians are likely to know what's going to happen before it happens.
-- any concerns about -- that just really necessary to try and get some allies on.
-- It's it's a very valid question Mike there are concerns about a particularly among America's allies who have expressed those concerns.
To the United States to the effect that the long were the president waits to make a decision.
And launch these operations.
-- the less legitimacy the operations will carry because of the distance of time the separation of time between.
-- -- -- event of August 21.
Of -- launching of this chemical attack that by all accounts killed upwards of a thousand people.
And the action in response to it and so that all jurors for the president.
Perhaps as soon as this weekend.
But certainly before he leaves for the G-20 summit on Tuesday.
That is -- any case what US allies in the mideast are expecting to happen but of course we heard from Vice President Biden as recently as this morning.
But the president hasn't yet made any decision on this operation or its timing -- James Rosen will be all over today and throughout the weekend and next week at the State Department James looking forward -- reports in thanks for little time today thanks felt.
We're here with AB Stoddard columnist from the hill -- -- -- -- thoughts about the diplomatic dance that's going on right now trying to get the brits on board.
Paris they brought back the parliament back to discuss this issue.
Well the problem is.
There is there's not going to be any UN consent because the Russians and Chinese.
Are not gonna help our -- is concerning other allied nations.
-- in Europe then and it is making it.
More difficult particularly if President Obama.
Unity -- -- support from the congress so.
If he sort of the loan you doing it being unilateral strike.
While other people are waiting -- You and consent or better evidence.
And then at home he doesn't get authority from the congress to me very tough when things get tough and they will get more complicated -- as far as we can never expect.
-- really surprised.
To hear James reports that the Israelis are confident.
That the Iranians.
And the Syrian regime are not planning.
A tough response which of course is threatened in in stark terms.
And I think -- Denny being naive to not be planning for that outcome for some kind of retaliation so it's very likely.
That we get in there.
Although we're not going after the chemical stockpiles we're gonna try to degrade -- disruption but perhaps destroy.
That that that capability at military targets and -- those.
Attacks with chemical weapons we don't really know if it's gonna get the job done and that really is a question how much retaliation we've -- after we made this investment.
And and and as and then.
Invested an air assault and then what does that do diplomatically when things start to go wrong without backup through congress I was nervous allies overseas.
It's it's I don't think we can count on are not everyone being stoic right now I'm in in the Iranian regime the Syrian regime.
And I don't I know they Israelis is staying quiet for a reason.
But -- I think -- -- their shrewd it is strategic but it doesn't necessarily mean this doesn't end up being a proxy Iran Israel.
Do you think we're hearing mostly war fatigue from a lot of Americans and an and the brits is well I mean obviously our military and military families have made the biggest sacrifices over the last twelve years but.
We've been at war that a lot of fatigue of.
It's both I mean it's it's a question of how depleted her resources are how -- -- we are from worse.
That the most Americans and it -- Iraq and are occupying wars in Iraq and Afghanistan most of us Americans question the sacrifice and the outcome.
And so it's not only -- -- but it's concerned that we've been shown weapons evidence before WMD evidence before this is a lack of faith in government.
That we actually.
Are being told the truth is both is only that we've done this it hasn't worked so well we've lost too many men and women we -- -- sacrifice that.
We don't even know when people in the government is scared.
If they're telling us the truth so that it it's your fault.
We know President Obama speaker Boehner don't have the greatest working relationship of all time he's a tough letter last night to the president.
Basically saying you got to make the case how does this.
Conflict or whatever we're going into and Syria set up for some of the battles the -- -- it matters another thing we're gonna see this fall.
That is such a good question right because what you're hearing over the town halls during the August recess.
During the that the fight about obamacare ever since the president.
Deleted the -- mandate and -- -- for a year.
The fight ever obamacare that you hear congressman cotton and -- saying this is being implemented illegally.
They're gonna call the strikes against Syria and illegal action extra legal outside of the constitutional requirement of the legislative branches share were making in -- decisions.
With the executive branch.
You're gonna hear this as we go for -- debt ceiling.
Defeated British -- we're talking are Republicans and conservatives maybe -- the majority of the conference that allowed.
Prevent them saying that this president is acting illegally to make him very harm me make it very our President Obama to negotiate on whether or not we hit the default.
I'm -- -- take global markets that lose our credit ratings everything else.
He really needs -- as I said before it to me invests in these relationships in congress that he didn't know long time ago.
AB Stoddard thanks.
Time -- Always a pleasure we'll be right back we'll talk more politics about the implementation of obamacare will have -- from the right and the left please stay with us.
The White House truly admit they're frantic they're panicked they're trying to.
Put this together with chicken wire and duct tape just to make it fly on October 1.
But this health care law is not good for patients it's not good for the doctors and nurses -- take care government's terrible for taxpayer what.
That is doctor and senator John Brosseau talking last night with Greta Van Susteren about the implementation of Obama care and to top a little bit more about that we bring you.
From the right and the left when he introduced the left first Tony -- former DNC Press Secretary and from the right Ford O'Connell.
You can follow these guys on Twitter at Ford O'Connell.
-- act -- life.
Drinking -- does.
I get there right where he did you do that particular music yeah.
So -- it.
October 1 -- around the corner.
What are we thinking in terms of implementation of the Affordable Care Act Tony.
There have been some delays.
Expected where where you on this at this point.
All expected -- The people within that area of -- with some bumps in the road along like something that makes sense but for folks who want to make more that that -- The sign up for a week which -- this -- side of the company's not whether or not the person who needs insurance can get insurance that that deadline so intact.
That the pressure the case around that seems overwrought and it reduces my example.
Well I'm flying I love to arrive on time I'm -- we love to arrive on time.
You don't have to wait fifteen minutes while you deicing the plane that brings something else invincible which is that I -- spending even more -- -- So it -- make sense to you gotta take some extra time to get it right take the time.
Get it right well we agree how long did the folks over democratic Q come up about life I was -- lord god I'd like you we've had what twelve provisions that have been delayed.
Basically re written in these are major provisions employer mandate the current signing with the with the government insurance providers -- It's not looking good right now we've got more than bumps in the -- this thing is a train wreck but it's clear that the American public hated the previous.
Way to health insurance star in that -- to some extent we do have to stop playing politics and it put the American people forwards.
But for you guys to say that this is a great thing and it's gonna work that's not really happening.
I do you think of what Republicans need to do is get out there and also an alternative to this and then we can get the ball more mobile.
And who doesn't exist right now because as it exists right now you've got a situation where Republicans fought tooth and -- tooth and nail against Britain have been offered an alternative but warmer places that have all I just don't look at what -- complete sentences have you haven't offered anything to replace it.
To the point is this you don't get to honestly in this society -- -- something.
Work hard to undercut it and then when you're successful say what's the number of people who actually support it.
Complain at all by the way this is all messed up because you know you -- part of that the time to work on this of that beginning we're -- -- come together than Republicans should have been -- -- What you're talking about I just noticed the Republican or what -- talking about is taking something that was bad begin within now making it much worse and point and an achievement.
And in the president's legacy that's a joke.
There -- three big promises and there.
You can keep your current plan -- we -- -- UPS they can't some folks can't keep their plan.
He says that you're gonna improve the quality we don't know that.
-- in essentially -- gonna -- -- we've already seen the congressman on today northstar supremes gonna support 200% in her district.
I mean you can't tell me that you're gonna pay less look I understand that we got to put the American people first and we got to find a way to make health insurance affordable.
The right now having such a terrible plan that is going to be delayed forever include Jack up unemployment rate.
Quick check of the premiums -- -- -- lava springs is foolish to you guys -- And how little I've heard a lot of could inform you but the idea is this when seven million Americans are covered.
In January that's a big deal when my daughter who's in college right now.
Goes -- gets is covered under my heart -- and is covered under I'm playing reality tonight is covered under health care.
That's important to me it's important to millions of families in this one of the things you guys -- -- is -- gonna give covers -- -- -- people.
Born and messing up 450 million people and that's just that is true how can you not -- and onions are going up you'll.
Guys these days in Washington feels like we're never far from another election what about the politics of this in terms of you got Tom cotton a rising star in the house.
Who's running for the senate in Arkansas senate presidents implementation is illegal.
Is this dangerous politics is as good politics for the GOP -- and I want to respond.
Well he's an arkansas' with good politics for Tom cotton I don't think that's gonna work for everybody across lines -- given these seeds that are -- that -- -- -- fourteen.
And the senate seats when you South -- us West Virginia or Arkansas or North Carolina -- Louisiana this is sweet music to the voter here's.
-- -- believe when the CoreStates in this country has to be that the -- of people who need insurance there.
Aren't paying attention.
That that that his commitment.
-- to -- -- not helping not fixing to undercutting health care for them.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- It's a little to go to war this is the president as saying the president picks the heritage Foundation's.
Physical health plan if he -- it on Mitt Romney's health -- Those are things that are workable what but Republicans now are invested in failure.
Because with failure then because that's what it is electoral it isn't about the 45 million Americans who don't have health insurance and ask you this you but you guys both know about communications are you surprised that more Americans don't seem -- Understand.
Obama care and how critical is the communications push.
Over say the next six weeks two months three months whatever it is to try and make sure that for example younger people.
Know what they need to do with this new -- -- I think that makes a lot of sense and yes it is it is it is fair to say a lot of folks don't know that those are the facts.
The reasons for that there's been an army of misinformation they're still people in this country who believe there were death panels.
That was the real thing that was utterly false the lie of the year but there's a lot of work even even -- -- -- all the help out there even if it was completely to Republicans were on the same side he still have to do a lot of work to get everybody.
Understanding especially younger folks who are -- -- more -- -- what about the -- from the GOP in the months ahead in terms of you don't want us to suggest your anti people having health care but.
That that's exactly right look 51% of America according belatedly just Kaiser and we foundation services they don't know anything about -- Here import that he is as we haven't come up with a with a plan moving border and all horrible way to fix it but also part of it is all these guys want to do -- -- -- -- -- -- -- to -- how much we hate America -- how -- -- -- people.
And in the it is -- -- the barrier for the Republicans because -- you don't -- look like the bad -- But going forward you gotta say look -- -- you know affordable health insurance for the same time we cannot put something forward.
Like Obama -- that really is gonna hurt American along just about everybody watching this can.
Go right back to one of the Republican primary debates and remember the applause.
At the suggestion that the -- American would go without health care it was applaud -- so there's work being done.
I agree that either but I don't I don't belong there there isn't work to be on the democratic side of the and -- people -- didn't just -- know where I had I understand that but you guys are sitting there -- and explaining the -- -- you guys take this up in the green room afterwards thank you Joan Gordon Tony thanks very much now for a final word from our friend Charles thanks for watching.
-- review the -- here when George Bush involved us in the supposedly illegal.
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Trampling the constitution.
As we heard incessantly from Democrats he sought and got in the Afghan war and -- -- -- of course.
He debated in congress and a vote of authorization.
And now what we're hearing from the Democrats.
Would -- shameless hypocrisy is that this administration is not required to do it.
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