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It is clear to me that the British parliament.
Reflecting the views of the British people does not want to see British military action.
I get back from the government -- act accordingly.
And -- That is the British prime minister David Cameron in front of the parliament yesterday as he says the British will not be going along with military strikes in Syria for now.
For the latest let's get right to my colleague national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin live at the Pentagon -- -- think what has the Pentagon.
Quite concerned right now is that every day that has gone by.
The Asad regime has begun moving his scud missiles around they have camped out military bases that were going to be targeting in this limited strike.
There are as evidence from rebel sources on the ground.
Who told Reuters today that they saw a dozen scud missiles leaving one base.
That means that some of those targets will have to be re.
Programs if the president takes -- decision and -- the Pentagon to strike again every day of this watch and wait.
Means that the target shift and that -- ended.
The Asad regime has had time to prepare in picking out certain.
Military bases that would have been targets in any sort of limited strike there's a great deal of concern about that I'm also told that in the next twelve hours we should -- What decision the president has taken and whether.
The it -- since the window to operate.
To carry out a strike of -- going to be unilateral basically will close as of Tuesday so it would be something that would likely happen sometime this weekend -- -- very briefly do we think it's -- three options put before the commander in chief -- the modest option something in the middle and then.
-- most serious military option is that your sense of things.
Know my sense is that he is being given an option of do nothing watch and wait and see what the Asad regime does.
That there is also a limited strike option that will involve mostly naval resource -- And there is -- it is possible that he was presented with other options that would include.
Long range bombers air force involvement standoff -- -- weapons from the air force.
That is could be in play but they are all options that involve.
Standoff firing of missiles from afar they do not involve any sort of a boots on the ground they do not involved.
Targeting the chemical weapons because that would possibly disperse them into the atmosphere.
So it is a limited set of options that he was presented.
He was leaning towards one as of days ago.
Now with the British pulling out and with -- again these targets being on the move.
There's some degree there's a question right now as he meets with his national security team his top advisors at the White House as we speak.
And before secretary Kerry speaks.
At 1230 that he has to weigh whether -- is going to act alone in the wake of the British essentially pulling out of this mission.
But generally -- taken time -- what we know be very busy day for you thanks so much and keep up the great work thank you.
And joining us live here in studio Byron York from the Washington examiner -- your sense of this week is.
He seemed things kind of -- out leading up to Syria and there's been no action so far where you want.
What we're seeing play out here in Washington.
Well it just seems so disorganized.
I mean several days ago it appeared that a strike of some sort was imminent.
And then that the White House.
-- some of the details of what it would do would just be a few cruise missiles it would only last 2448.
And then it didn't happen and then you hear from members of congress.
They really want the president not just to consult with congress but to -- their authorization for this.
And so then we have the president doing this phone call last night an -- and a -- apparently was 20/20 five.
Members of congress not the president secretary Kerry did -- -- -- is another issue that the president was not actually on the phone now.
And then you know we've had some of these members of congress talk today about what was on the phone call.
-- and offices this senator from Oklahoma has.
I was on it has appeared on fox and he said well secretary -- kept saying it the president has a broad range of options.
But they never discuss what any particular option wise so it -- it -- so -- there -- anything so.
We we have this money situation and then while the call was going on they got the news that parliament.
You know it stiff armed David Cameron and you know you can't imagine the president coming out and saying after congressional -- that if it were if it went against him saying.
I get that.
He -- he's the commander TV it it didn't work that way.
So he's a real mess -- the wrong and that maybe why he didn't want congress to come back because he's worried about what the vote might be -- Yeah I think we should say also that congress could call itself back sure I mean is no reason Harry Reid or John Boehner could not call the -- of the house of both.
Back into Washington to discuss and debate this thing come up with some sort of resolution of authorization.
Four for use of force here.
Remember in -- run up to the Iraq War which began in march of 03 and he -- extended.
Debate about this this debate in the in the United Nations.
There was debate in congress congress did actually vote to authorize.
An invasion of Iraq this is -- smaller than that I mean way way -- But it still is he is military force.
And it still is -- -- reaction not to an imminent threat or an attack on the United States.
So I think you've got mania unanimously got a lot of members of congress who want to be hurt us.
So is there any chance Byron at this point because it hasn't happened yet in terms of the president coming out and making his case is there any chance that he says amounted -- money.
Well it's possible I mean that do the one thing I think he's really suffered from here.
Is that he hasn't made the case.
For months not just last week.
But for months and months about what's going on in Syria what -- bad guy Bashar Asad is.
What -- things he's been doing.
And you know the case over and over and over and building.
For some sort of action that way when aside does step over the Red Line.
President Obama's red line using chemical weapons then you know the president would have laid a foundation for some sort of action he didn't do that I mean.
This although the psychiatrists out there in the media are saying he just doesn't want to do this the president doesn't wanna do this.
I don't know I don't know what he's thinking but he hasn't lay any foundation for taking action.
And in the politics in this this fall -- congress coming back obviously a lot of fish fiscal matters on the agenda but then there's a serious thing is well will that make it more difficult.
More tense here in Washington after John Boehner sent us a tough player the president the other night saying you haven't made the case mr.
Present yeah it's going to be interest -- because.
I think you're gonna have if not unanimity.
Majority in congress demanding they be allowed to authorize that -- to authorizing force.
On the other hand on the actual substance.
What the United States should do.
I think there are going to be there a lot of divisions.
You know you're hearing Rand Paul who's leading contender from -- sixteen presidential nomination Republican Party says look I don't do this course.
That's what we'd expect ground ball to say that he's he's becoming a pretty influential figure obviously you have John McCain Lindsey Graham.
On the other side in the Republican Party.
This might help the president a little bit to have the the opposition party divided amongst itself.
Does -- help the president -- on other issues in the past.
But we're Democrats are I mean we we we don't really know but I think that we significant opposition to the last question do you think it hurt him -- helped him that congress isn't in town right now.
You know I -- think it hurt him because they they they could all result for example this this phone call we talked about last night could not discuss any classified matters because.
There were members of congress scattered all around the country they -- -- secure.
Phone lines so I think it has heard him and I think that there was this moment a few days ago when perhaps the president could have taken action.
And -- gotten it over with whatever he was planning to do and now the longer it goes on.
You have more and more problems and obstacles arise Byron York from the Washington examiner.
Thanks so much for having these really stuff.
-- come back we'll get the democratic view on this -- -- -- Syria please stay with us.
Question congress should vote on this and he is going against the constitution.
And it will be an unlawful act if he actually takes military action without.
Having congress vote on the issue what they need to do is they need to come before a joint session of congress they need to spell out lay out their case and if they wanna take the nation to war they need to convince a majority of congress but you know what -- -- -- they won't.
They won't risk of vote because they're worried that they could be defeated.
That of course is Kentucky Republican senator Rand Paul widely thought to -- -- 2016 presidential contender talking about the situation in Syria.
And live here in studio this of course is power play I'm joined by Richard A -- was that the Richard.
Fowler showed they get that right Richard you've got -- Monica area -- -- -- happy Friday happy -- Internet the Internet if if if if some curious Richard you host to show what are you hearing from folks about Syria.
Well you know I got to tell you -- think this is a very very anxious situation -- Chris policy earlier arm on American newsroom you know.
I think it it's a weird spot right because one the president should he could go to congress or congressional action and he could call congress back but with that being said.
John -- can call congress back -- I think this is really really into the situation.
-- I think it's all sort of shadowed all by the war in Iraq and what happened -- -- -- the -- rock in the quagmire that we're in I think this is one of those things that sort of crosses party lines.
I -- you have both Democrats.
And Republicans saying wait a minute we have a lot of you know rebuild them with you right here at home.
We shouldn't send our our you know our our -- and our guys -- -- -- to fight another war or to get into the military conflict and we have to you know work on making America better and shore up our economy creating jobs.
Put that being said.
We are also the protector of the world protector of those who durden fight for democracy so with that being said -- -- -- -- second this -- you know it's horrible to his people he's massacre gets people using -- biological weapons -- his folks and we need reasoning is America so it's a very tough spot the president today.
Do you think it hurt or help the administration that congress isn't here in session you have.
People who have some kind of an opinion on Syria.
Mum might be easier to brief them if they were here I'm not saying it's his fault that they're not here but the reality is this is late August and they're not here do you think -- her health.
Call me I think it's kind of helps the president think Milosevic gives him a chance to sort of really haven't calculated decision he had the chance to talk to his national security advisors he has just -- his top people -- you something folks on the ground.
I'm pretty sure he's talking to the CIA to find out what intelligence -- getting in and he -- to make this decision without all the hot air happening on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue.
I think when they come -- -- in a couple weeks from now he will then have a clear case I think on top it also allows them to do all the world leaders about dealing with you know.
Members of congress were not it -- they're not as easily accessible to television cameras that they are when they're here in Washington.
So I think the president good position here and -- to be perfectly honest already -- Democrats and Republicans can agree along.
He's doing the right thing here in sort of taking his time step by step.
Really trying to build international coalition but understanding that we will go alone if we have to do because we are the protector of the world and we get that we know that our place.
All as the world's superpower but the same time he's being very calculated about putting our men and women in harm's way and also not sort of destabilizing the region that's already sort of on the very.
We're -- about 4045 minutes from hearing from secretary of state John Kerry.
Wondering should -- commander in chief coming out talking about what he wants do you make the case himself he's a very effective communicators.
Wouldn't it help to have the president come out and say here's why I think we need to do something.
Yeah I'm assuming that the president is really really really really really trying to sort of figure out what decision's going to be on this and I think what we've seen having John Kerry got was going to be.
The defining moment for John Kerry's you know.
Term as secretary of state.
On this is is Colin Powell moment -- everybody sort of saying what will he say how will he say it how he lay out the administration's -- I think he's just as capable of communicators.
As the president and I think when it comes to foreign policy experience and sort of handling the brinksmanship a foreign policy there's nobody better in the business -- John Kerry.
Also I think what we'll hear from secretary -- today is sort of part of the administration's plan the president really sort of sits down and have a hard conversation with himself.
And I just think about the American people.
All -- no -- I would be wouldn't be surprised over the next couple weeks you actually hear the president address the American people directly.
I talked to congresswoman Loretta Sanchez Democrat of California this week who is supportive of the commander in chief.
But she's worried about who did this get bigger that this not be is clean and neat as we hope it'll be.
Are you hearing concerns from listeners about.
You know -- to spread to wider Middle Eastern war I think those concerns I -- I hear this from my listeners hear them from folks who treat me.
I think you also hear them just from the American when I -- the same way in that.
Putting us into this situation putting us into Syria.
Although we go in there and secretly on a -- they say if you break it you bought it pressure -- and that's what happened in Iraq about to happen in Afghanistan as much as presents try to sort of and both of those wars as easily and as safely as possible putting us into another Middle Eastern quagmire is probably one of the worst things that this president can do.
Without being sad he's really -- I gotta tell you this is one of those this though.
I would hate to be if you think is chair right now will the democratic republic democratic president or Republican president because this is a little hard decision that he has to make and I think this is the bipartisan thing a lot of folks like guy I mean you've heard John McCain you've heard people visit it's just of those issues and like I gotta tell you is the top of the.
The president is definitely one of those where you see after the eight years the president comes out looking a lot older than 10 yeah he went into office because this is one of those there.
It's not mean it's not easy and President Bush this morning on FOX -- -- -- saying he's got a tough call to make and he you know was staying out of it but -- uses.
Saying hi I recognize this is going to be -- Yeah definitely a tough call any time we put our men and women in harm's way and you put our troops out there it's definitely a tough call.
I think to add to that pressure I think you have you know the fact that Russia has moved an air carrier.
On the move bare feet into the Mediterranean this is good this could be international standoff.
And I think a lot of the a lot of the European nations are bracing for that.
Under perfectly honest I would I absolutely I'm sort of take and taken aback a little bit by the stand that note the United Kingdom is sort of taken on the sort of cynical -- -- -- sort of figured out.
I mean they were very very they've always been our ally and they've always been our friends -- that this time.
When the world -- -- needs them to be the number two or number three command is sort of waffled and I think that surprises me I think a surprise a lot of Americans.
This of course is an interactive show this is power plays we got a couple chats here -- taxes without congress in town he's enjoying his vacation.
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NN London the president simply does not want to be president he wants to be a politician of fund raiser -- guest speakers that are.
He wants to raise money for himself Hilary and his party's.
So there you go Richard.
-- all of them -- the last week I think that is a little bit I think that's far from the truth I think what we've seen and I think everybody who sits in that Oval Office.
One thing they care about as they care about this country they have a deep love for the American people and what our constitution stands for I think this -- -- different.
-- and I think you know this is definitely a tough this is a tough spot for him -- I think George Bush in the same sit situation eight years ago and I gotta tell you eight years ago I was in the -- I think we should go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
All but it's one of those situation it's a tough call the top I can't express that enough and I think anybody who's sitting in that chair -- the really tough all this president to make.
Richard is our act originate -- Twitter tweeted yeah it's and you Chastain -- Richard thanks for your time have a wonderful weekend thank you so much right.
When we come back we will talk to Wally -- to get some more about the inner workings of the Middle East the terrorism angle.
And war -- stay with us.
Is gonna have to make his case.
To the congress and to the American people.
I think before he takes any reaction the problem that he finds himself in and his place us and is if he does not take action now after making these statements.
Then we become a paper tiger to the -- world.
That is how -- services chairman -- -- last night after the teleconference you if you will between administration officials.
And members of congress about the way forward in Syria this is power play.
It's a great privilege and honor to have with us Fox News Middle East -- terror analyst Wally -- here who has.
Very good knowledge about this -- -- In these issues that we are facing what about this idea of a limited strike for dealing with a country that has chemical weapons cannot work.
What can work in Syria is a comprehensive.
Plan that the limited -- would be the beginning off if you do limited transcend those drones.
Cut down their capacity what is going to happen because Syria's regime is not as isolated as Qaddafi was they'll be replenished there -- be a Russian Iranian support.
Probably not with chemical weapons but don't get an anti aircraft they would have more weapons so what -- -- -- after that strike which isn't needed is the most important thing.
You know the region as well as anybody I've talked to some lawmakers this week back in their districts who were worried about.
Whether they support the president big question the president they're worried about -- this spread.
Maybe this won't be as needed is -- some missiles into Syria what are your thoughts look.
Number one -- institution must be very careful in trying to change if you want to administer a strike and then say and hope.
But I -- will go to Geneva negotiate that's my feeling within -- wants to do.
I'm not that positive it's going to be -- because assets feels he is -- so what we need to do is take down the chemical weapons system and not just for the regime.
If we know that O'Connor in Syria in the opposition.
Has also chemical weapons we need to take it down that should be -- -- -- -- -- the most important thing.
Is to work -- -- with a sort of -- that we have not linked with.
The debate in Washington is OPT I would assess.
And therefore -- -- Hezbollah or you -- the opposition which is you know they've -- by al-Qaeda so let's look at the minorities in Syria and the Kurds at the sectors of the SSA.
That we we should be working on.
After traveling to the region many times for Fox News to Iraq Afghanistan Kuwait Saudi Arabia it strikes me that the people there were.
If the president's wavering about what to do and it's not perceived as being a strong response.
What does that do to America's standing in the region.
It will ask for the image it will create a wave of on the one hand that criticism of America for those who hope that -- -- do something for them.
You create a wave of strengthening of the radical position for example.
If we don't strike or if we don't have -- actually they're real attitude towards those weapons.
The Syrian regime will be -- and Hezbollah will do more Iran would send more weapons.
So we're gonna have a front and even Al -- which is in the on the other side would say America -- that nothing happens.
How stunned were you by what happened in the British parliament yesterday.
Not -- has seen this coming because I had.
I have heard the opposition in and -- -- the -- and then -- know also I know that the Iran in Syrian -- worldwide.
Has a lot of sympathies with regard to some media and when the media as the -- showing with the economy is doing the problem is in the west we -- -- either pass it as a threat.
Oracle I don't know problem of the Syrian people enough.
Your sense about how this goes forward presidents who will make his decision presumably the French may or may not be with us.
And President Bush got a lot of grief for not having as big of -- coalition as soon as his father did the coalition may be smaller this.
I think President Obama is in the absolute truths of President Bush and he he's trying this is gonna so if I am President Obama I would like to.
Strike at those weapons.
And hope that I'm I'm gonna be confronting Iran and Syria and Hezbollah.
I don't know that home was gonna materialize because the Iraqis are very firm.
And I think that we -- -- -- -- 2011 we -- in Iraq a side was box was isolated.
When we left Iraq we -- the Iran -- to penetrate.
Into Syria you've been on the ground -- so now we're dealing with forty teams Iraq Iran Lebanon's Hezbollah and -- -- a much bigger piece of skate today.
And what is the answer do you think from the American perspective because you've got -- a regime that has weapons of mass destruction.
You've got a guy he's shown a willingness to use them against his own citizens but they've also got the al-Qaeda elements in -- so if you topple his government than one.
That's equation that -- into thinking about it as another equation it is not necessary that -- we crumbled assessment.
That would gonna allow Condit to take -- all over.
At this stands right now yes it will happen why because -- -- not partnered with a force that is secular.
That hasn't minorities -- -- right Sunnis to moderate Sunnis because -- -- not worked on our -- Ally inside Syria so anything we do right now is gonna bring al-Qaeda to power so we need to do immediately -- to work with a secular SSA.
With the current with the Christians -- Muslim -- create a formation of a coalition.
That collision should be supported not.
Just sending weapons and the rebels in general terms so we need to go -- to square one unfortunately.
It strikes -- the Israelis seem to be pretty quiet and all of this how anxious do you think they are at this point.
The Israelis are observing and monitoring very closely they don't fall too much about that I have a map that very close -- across from the border.
And they look I -- actual weapons and we -- few weeks ago.
-- in the middle of the civil war Israelis are not taking any side they just pinpointed where as well -- getting the weapons and they they hit.
So this point in time I think the Israelis out of -- and those chemical weapons and the missiles and targeting them and waiting for the moment deceive the United States is going to be successful.
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Gary -- says Obama has dismantled our military like Roosevelt did back in the thirties.
In the world does not fear the United States anymore.
Isn't anyone listening rights where -- is Syria get those WMD's.
-- where's Syria have those WMD's.
Long time ago I remember when I was living in Beirut in the eighties their minister of defense and in magazines said all we have.
He was deterrents against Israel that was under the Cold War and we have chemical or biological we -- know -- the nuclear assault.
They say they actually very committed that they would use those weapons in an Israeli Syrian war of course they knew that that would get a reaction by the -- so it's not something no.
What is new and serious the fact that the Iranians are not present massively in -- why because we listed that Verizon existed in Iraq.
Well affairs thank you very much thank you thanks all of you for your participation in for watching now final word from our friend Charles had a wonderful weekend.
Here is Obama and know that the Democrats who railed against the Bush Administration.
For its supposedly unilateral invasion of Iraq when we had 48 allies for a mission that involved.
Boots on the ground a real invasion -- a real war.
And he is Obama trying to gather an ally or two for a pin prick and he gets nothing.
This is just on the bases of thinking ahead let's say a week ahead.
When they -- -- information about exactly what we're gonna hit.
Where we're -- -- -- what the reasons are on the objectives are removed and have a Coalition of the Willing that nobody actually think.
To check on the allies I mean these are guys who couldn't organize a three car funeral.
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