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Right now on Capitol Hill house speaker John Boehner is offering his support for the president regarding Syria.
And after yesterday's meeting in the White House he's encouraging the entire congress to unite behind the commander in chief listen.
This is something the United States that the country.
Needs to do.
Popular support to other presidents.
Call for action unbelievable my college.
Should support this -- -- -- House majority leader Eric Cantor and White House I'm sorry and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also voicing support for the president's request.
Over in the senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell who also attended the White House session has not endorsed a resolution authorizing force he remains noncommittal.
And now Senator John McCain and outspoken advocate advocate -- -- for intervention against Syria's regime.
Has just come out against of the latest senate resolution.
Saying he cannot support the resolution in its current form.
It -- a ninety limit on action and says no American troops can be sent into Syria.
Karl Rove served as senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to president George W.
Bush he is a Fox News contributor.
It was somewhat ironic Carl having seen John McCain run against Barack Obama in 2008.
And disagree on just about everything.
To have him lead to the president's defense in terms of potential action in Syria.
And now this morning is saying he cannot support the resolution that's in front of the senate what gives.
Yeah well the resolution which have been drafted by Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Menendez of New Jersey and minority member Bob -- -- Tennessee.
This represents one of the three big challenges that the administration has.
Will a military strike is that the question McCain is asking is will military strike make a difference.
-- the president that -- earlier this last month -- referred to this as he shot across the bow.
And they're going to be some members of congress who say look if it's just going to be a pin prick.
That doesn't change the trajectory of the conflict in the Middle East then what what what why do it that this is one of three the other two are quickly.
The president has to convince members of congress that it is in the national interest of the United States.
To it affect the outcome of the struggle inside Syria.
And the argument is -- see if Assad remains in power after -- this active use of chemical weapons.
It will be a victory for Iran and Hezbollah and bold and other actors including non state actors like Hezbollah.
To use chemical weapons and the third issue the president faces is is if we take action and it affects Syria.
Will make things worse in the concern here is that there are al-Qaeda elements -- of -- oddest.
In the Syrian opposition they're better armed and better trained -- the rest of the Free Syrian Army and the question is will they assume power facade false.
And the president's got to make the case that look they are dominated by foreign fighters in the Syrian people are not going to.
The guy going to accept 88 domination by a movement of foreign fighters and we have the ability through Saudi Arabia Turkey and others.
The influence -- strengthen them the more moderate elements of the Free Syrian Army but it's a complicated task.
He doesn't have a lot of time and it doesn't help that he's abroad while this needs to be.
And there's the opportunity -- the option for Syria to escalate this thing if there is American intervention Bashar Assad has already said he's gonna go gunning for Israel.
Well -- that's that's bluff that's talk.
He is not gonna cut to draw Israel into this he knows exactly what Israel could do.
The biggest military power in the Middle East is sitting on the sideline in the form of Israel if he if he hit -- -- spoken that tiger he knows that he's gonna regret it.
This is more -- them and bluster than it is reality.
All right so how it was interesting I'm going back to John -- speaker John -- -- remarks.
He said that he supports the president and essentially he said that he hopes the rest of the congress will but he didn't say he will emerge.
Other Republicans to support didn't sound like he was going to be.
Getting behind the president and and pushing his -- I had a different response IU I think -- I think he took the appropriate language and set up but you know I've I hope the rest of the congress will and and I am.
Didn't do what I can't I thought it was a big move.
The Boehner cantor and Pelosi all within of matter of hours.
That was a signal here's the calculus though John that they're thinking about this is not popular let's be honest about it.
In the latest NBC Wall Street the NBC poll this week.
Favor military action given a choice military action humanitarian aid aid to the rebels -- -- -- -- 26% say taken military action.
However if you then say well what if this is in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrians support growth of 42 opposition drops to fifty.
If you say what if it is a limited strike -- the units and infrastructure that undertook the chemical attack it's 5044 interestingly enough for me.
The thought of it if the user can't isn't using chemical weapons and NCA.
Red line that they ought to have a significant response including military action from the United States the general principle is.
So what this says to me is we support the general principle but there's a lot of distrust of the administration specifically in its handling business.
The president has another big issue on his plate the key aspects of his signature domestic achievement.
-- take effect in the coming months.
We're looking at a podium in Little Rock, Arkansas where he has called on former President Bill Clinton.
To try to help sell this thing mr.
Clinton going to be one of a few people high profile people we're trying to -- the aspects of obamacare in coming weeks.
What do you think about that calling on the former presidents to help sell this program.
-- out a look what if one speech could solve the problem of the Affordable Care Act it would have been solved a long time -- we've been subjected to a lot of presidential speeches.
At it they're they're pull out the stops we had Magic Johnson we got Katy Perry they gave him present Obama has been tweeting with Katy Perry and now he's got President Clinton to make a speech.
Look this is not gonna have a huge impact on on the on the situation.
The affordable -- it's unpopular after president Clinton's speech is gonna remain unpopular.
I think they made a mistake by doing this because we'll think about this one to two things are gonna happen either President Clinton is gonna give a speech.
And it's gonna remain unpopular.
Or more unlikely President Clinton is gonna give a speech and make it more popular in which case the question is.
Why did it why why couldn't present Obama make it popular about all of the speeches and appearances that he subjected us to about it so.
This was supposed to be a little talking point before Syria erupted it was all the calendar President Clinton is happy to be in the center of the stage.
He's happy to be seen as ride to the rescue of the of of the Obama administration anytime -- in trouble.
He's happy to look like he's being able to save their bacon makes him look strong.
Makes Obama look weak and I can't believe -- -- and happen.
Karl Rove joining us Carl thanks very much for your -- Your thoughts on that.
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