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The president believes very very much that America will show the best face of our democracy and a great strength.
And we will show unity of purpose in the conviction of the congress and the president that we need to do this.
We want to work.
To make that resolution something that.
The majority of members of both houses and support.
A rejection of that -- vote against that resolution by congress I think.
Would be catastrophic because it would undermine the credibility.
Of the United States of America and the president of the United States.
Let's bring our panel talk about that Steve Hayes senior writer for the weekly standard.
Our -- -- -- national political correspondent of national public radio and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer welcome to you won't.
Thank you -- right Steve let's start with the point that Senator McCain was making just after stepping out of the White House meeting with the president today saying it would be catastrophic for congress to vote no.
On giving him authorization that -- with force and Syria but many of them at this hour remain unconvinced.
-- -- and I think are likely to remain unconvinced.
If you go back to the statement that Senator McCain and senator Graham put out after the president announced who's going to -- to congress.
They in effect said look we have real questions that best.
We're not sure that this in fact goes far enough I think particularly in the House of Representatives you're gonna have a group of Republicans who are sort of in the neo.
Isolationist or non interventionist wing.
He had the hawks and then you have this huge group in the middle.
But I think would like to be open to some kind of intervention in Syria just because of the -- case on the ground in because of the message that it sends the Bashar Assad and the mullahs in Tehran.
-- are nervous frankly about following this president after the sort of zigzag indecisiveness.
That we've seen from him.
Not just the past week -- better part of the past couple years.
And we know that the president and his staff there working the phones they're trying to -- support for what is inevitably coming up a vote in both the senate and house.
What -- a little bit of what Republican from Ohio Bill Johnson had to say.
About the briefings the information they've gotten it and where they stand right now.
I left yesterday with more questions.
Then answers because we don't -- coherent strategy.
In the Middle East I mean this this -- happens when you lead from behind.
The situation in Syria has gotten way out of control.
And now here we are in a situation where our our allies in the region don't trust us and our our adversaries don't respect us.
-- senator Lindsey Graham was with this little bit earlier was in that White House meeting as well today he said he puts the blame the president for not selling that's not explaining to the American people and to congress.
Why we do have national interests in his belief in his estimation there he says he's now calling the president up his game.
And to make that case.
I think what happened today was pretty important have Lindsey Graham and John McCain is Steve said who up until now it's and we don't know we want to vote for this because it doesn't go far enough it's too little too late.
Not going to be effective they came out of that meeting saying.
You heard John -- it would be devastating if congress voted no also they said we see the beginnings of a strategy to.
The president goes out there and -- is game and explains why Syria matters.
Why this is also about Iran and about Israel.
If he explains that -- the American people and follows through on the strategy.
That's not gonna just be a pin prick shot across the bow.
Then they are willing to go and sell.
-- resolution to other members of congress if this succeeds and I think that's a huge -- -- but if this passes I think today will be the turning point.
The president reaching out after having gone out red line a year ago.
Saying I'm -- in congress in this process now he has to get their votes did -- have a new found appreciation for the constitution.
Article one section eight how it all works.
Why now do you think that he feels it's necessary to get congress on board.
-- his respect.
Present for the separation of powers and control of congress is rather minimal as you showed with.
Suspension of provisions of health care that.
The creation of the DREAM Act and one executive.
Fiat by suspending -- -- the immigration laws look this isn't a sudden a stroke of constitutional assume this is simply expediency.
And delayed the problem is not that he's not selling new strategy.
So he doesn't have a strategy and that's the reason everybody left right and center has no idea of what he's doing he's zigzag left -- right.
He telegraphed he's gonna strike -- does nothing because in the congress and then he goes off and he plays golf.
When the secretary of state had -- given a speech today before with remarkable urgency and passion.
I think the -- Event that happened today is that he has.
McCain and Graham on his right who actually are demanding a strategy the strategy is you use the strike.
To try to tilt the balance on the ground you -- -- real -- you hit them hard.
And then at the same time you build up the opposition.
Remember when we had the first reports of the chemical weapons attacks.
About three or four months ago -- six months ago.
President segment our campus is chain of sending weapons while not a single rifle has -- -- position.
So what I think of McCain Hussein McCain is saying it's the wrong Obama only wants to do -- pinprick.
It's not what I would do it is the wrong strategy.
But we cannot undercut him at this stage in the process otherwise the US it's completely humiliated and -- events will be out of control.
So you will support and they think.
They won support from Obama for -- real strike and real support for the opposition.
If so then we finally have a strategy.
I'm not sure how hard and fast.
Well and a lot -- in remarks the president made from the Rose Garden on Saturday himself leaving a window continually saying I do believe I have the authority to do that so.
If congress does vote no.
Does he go along he could legally and they've said all along they don't need this but politically he would be utterly isolated completely alone.
No UN Security Council no Great Britain -- congress that would really be something and I think a no vote would would severely -- him for all sorts of other things about Russia obviously they're moving another ship into the -- Steve and who are now saying.
He wants to bring a Russian lawmakers here to talk with our legislators and that with Americans to you know that this case to share ideas and to talk about -- before.
There's any strike.
By the US.
-- its interest in several months ago I had a conversation with somebody who's close to Putin's circle -- -- in effect.
-- doesn't just just doesn't like the president of the United States on a personal level if -- there's a much seasonal thing there just doesn't like and we certainly doesn't like to be shown up.
And I think what you're seeing now after -- after the United States had effectively ruled over.
For many months is President Obama sort of getting a spot with Vladimir Putin saying -- had enough and I think what you.
Kind of -- us like this anymore you saw that with this his the announcement that he's going to be with.
These lesbian gay groups on the sidelines of that meeting the G-20 summit.
I think prudent we'll get his back up even more I don't think that that's -- reason for the president of the United States not to act I would say that this showing of the spine as long overdue.
That's -- on this topic but accept the --
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