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Present I didn't vote for an -- still closed -- quite -- -- -- but I was proud that he did this.
And I was just about to stand on my feet clapping give him a standing ovation and then I heard well.
But if I lose a vote I'll probably go ahead and do the bombing -- -- and -- does concern me I wanna be proud of the president and every time I'm just about there.
Then I get worried that really he doesn't mean it that he's going to sort of Obey the constitution if he wins.
So I heard secretary Gator -- say if we win sure.
But if we lose -- I mean make me proud today secretary -- stand up for us and say you're gonna have made the constitution and if we vote you down.
Which is unlikely about a way that if we do you would go with what the people say through their congress and you wouldn't go forward with the war that your congress votes against.
Can you give me a better answer secretary caring.
I can't get a different answer than the litigator I don't know what the president's decision is but I would say this -- ought to make you proud because he's still has the constitutional authority.
And he would be in keeping with the constitution.
-- disagree -- there I don't believe he has the constitutional authority I think congress had -- has this Madison.
Was very explicitly wrote the Federalist papers he wrote.
That history supposes.
-- the constitution's opposes what history demonstrates the and therefore the constitution vested that power in the congress it's explicit runs throughout all of Madison's writings.
This power is a congressional power and and is not an executive power.
They didn't say big or small or they didn't say boots on the ground not boots on the -- and they said declare war.
Asked the people on the ships launching the missiles whether they're involved with war or not.
If we do not say that the constitution -- if we do not say explicitly.
That we will abide by this vote.
You're you're making a joke about your making us in the -- and so we played constitutional theater for the president.
If this is real.
You will abide by the verdict of congress you're probably gonna win just go ahead and say it's real.
And let's have a real debate in this country and not a meaningless debate that in the end.
You -- you sell well we had the authority we're gonna go ahead and go to war anyway -- A couple of items.
Senator I assure you there's nothing.
Meaningless then there's everything real only drove here to what we had -- -- only -- -- vote makes a difference only if our vote is -- is it meaningful and I will leave to the man who was elected to be present United States the responsibility for.
Telling you what his decision is if and when that moment came but the president intends to win this vote.
That is not going to make prior announcement we have we've had a lot of discussion about you know whether or not.
We're gonna make the world safer with this somehow we're gonna have less chemical weapons -- I think that's an open question.
And I think it's conjecture at best you can say oh well we think a -- will be less likely to launch chemical weapons after this.
We may be -- greatest capacity someone's got a thousand times we're gonna wipe it out.
Most reports I -- so we're not even probably gonna directly bomb chemical weapons.
Because of what might happen to the surrounding population so my guess is he still will have the ability most people say.
Aside acted very illogical it.
Why would he release chemical weapons on his own people when he brought the anger and enmity of the entire world so he's already acting irrationally -- logically.
Now we're going to deter him and he's going to act in a rational manner I think it's equally likely that either does it again or he doesn't do it.
I don't think you can say for certain which is better I don't know that we can say that by attacking them he's not going to launch -- -- other chemical attack.
Willow region will the region that I got a few and then I'll I'll stop.
Will the region be more stable or less time.
We also we want stability in the Middle East instability in the Middle East is a national interest -- country will be Morse -- -- or less stable.
I frankly think they're equal arguments on both sides of that.
Will Israel will be more likely to suffer an attack on them a gas attack or otherwise or less likely.
I think there's a valid argument for saying they'll be more likely to suffer -- attack if we do this.
Will Russia be more likely or less likely to supply more arms -- get more heavily involved in this.
I think there's a valid argument that they may become more likely to be involved.
Our ran more likely or less likely to be involved with this if Iran gets involved.
More likely or less likely that Israel launches there were a reprisal attack on Iran.
They're all kinds of unknowns that I can't tell you absolutely the answer and neither can you.
But I think there's a reasonable argument that the world maybe less stable because of this and that it may not deter.
Deter any chemical weapons attack so what I would ask is.
How are we to know how are we to go home -- haven't had one person come up to me incentive for this war not one person.
We get calls by the thousands nobody's calling in favor of this war.
I didn't meanwhile was home -- month and went to forty cities and have one person come up and sank.
Do they all agree it's a horrendous thing yes we all agree a chemical attacks horrendous thing that.
People are not excited about getting involved they also don't think it's gonna war and there they're skeptical of what will occur with this.
But I I'd appreciate your response and try to reassure the rest of us one of the vote is meaningful invalid.
That you did here to it and also that your convinced that all of these different items -- -- better not worse by this attack.
-- -- be very happy to do that will Israel.
The more likely to -- an attack or will they be safer -- will they be less safe.
I can make it crystal clarity is that Israel will be less safe.
Unless the United States takes this action.
Are two of the three biggest allies.
Of -- And Iran and Hezbollah.
-- two single biggest.
Enemies of Israel.
So if if if Iran.
And Hezbollah are advantaged.
By the United States not curbing us Jews of chemical weapons.
There is a much greater likely that at some point down the road Hezbollah.
Who has been one of the principal reasons for a change in the situation on the ground.
We'll have access to these weapons of mass destruction.
And Israel will for certain.
Be less secure but I would also are enabled it -- -- likely that it.
Has global attack because of this attack in response.
And Israel feels quite confident of its ability to deal with -- -- -- they would do so.
You'll notice that Israel.
Has on several occasions in the last -- seen fit to deal with threats to its security because of what's in Syria.
And not once has -- responded to that today.
I think they're a bunch of things we should talk about in a in a classified session.
But let me just make it very clarity is that.
You know you asked these questions will there so that be more likely to happen -- not likely happen.
If United States of America doesn't do this senator.
Is it more -- less likely that us does it again.
You wanna answer that question I don't think it's now I don't think is -- last idea that it does it -- -- be -- I think it's unknown -- it's more about -- and you have the attack senator it's not unknown.
If the United States of America doesn't hold them accountable on this with -- -- with our allies and friends it's a guarantee.
-- we'll do it again.
And I urge you to go the classified briefing -- -- that secondly.
Let me just point out to -- that with respect to.
This question of Americans wanted to go to war.
You know you got three people there been a -- you get John -- has been the war.
The not one of us who doesn't understand what going to war means and and we don't want to go to war.
We don't believe we are going to war in the classic sense of taking American troops in America to war.
The president is asking for the authority to do a limited.
There will -- grade.
The capacity of a tyrant who has been using chemical weapons to kill his own people.
But I think by doing so you and it's a limited you have now limit by doing so you announce in advance your goal is not winning an SL I think the last fifty years of secretaries of defense -- senator -- -- -- not told our pass me and don't wanna go to war in Syria.
Of course not everybody a 100% of Americans will say no we say no.
We don't want to go to war in Syria either it's not over here and asked the president -- not asking you to go to war it's not asking you to declare war.
He's not asking you to send one American -- to war.
He's simply saying we need to take an action that can degrade the capacity.
Of a man who's been willing to kill his own people by breaking a nearly hundred year old prohibition.
And will we stand up and be counted to say we won't do that that's that's not I don't you know I just don't consider that.
Going to war in the classic sense of coming to congress and asking for a declaration of war.
And and training troops in sending people abroad and putting young Americans in harm's way that's not what the president is asking for here.
General do you want to speak -- No not really secretary thank you for -- from yeah.
I would --
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