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Come -- -- welcome to our microphones congressman Alan Grayson representing the united district of Florida.
Before that he was the -- represented him in the 111 congress.
And serves on the -- affairs committee where he sits on the Western Hemisphere subcommittee in the Middle East and North Africa subcommittee.
So I hope you have some say in this ridiculous push to war congressman.
Actually I think be having more there than almost anybody else.
That we've been with -- Against this resolution.
And with tremendous success.
The Huffington Post put some numbers now at 43 house members and paper.
212 against it.
And the Washington Post puts it -- only 24 in favor of the president's resolution.
And we're getting very close to the magic number here which has put -- seventeenth.
I've been on organizing people through our web site don't attack Syria dot com and in no time -- 50000 people come through -- I'm tweeting -- right now as we speak so people can get there.
And then we've been organizing the public and also members we've been putting out letters to members dear colleague letter it's explaining.
The reason against.
The resolution the Republicans with.
And -- both inside and outside the house he's the public has had an overwhelming effect.
Several members have pointed out that there emails no letters are running 1021.
Against the that's.
And -- the polls show that the public -- maybe two or 321 against what they don't reflect.
-- -- extreme intensity of feeling.
About people who recognize that it's not our responsibility.
We're not gonna do you any good it's expensive and it's dangerous.
As a White House contacted you to -- get to the -- what are you kidding me.
No hope I don't know I guess they're working you know I'm right very.
They'd feel if there's any possibility of I mean I've been.
I've been on CNN three times on MSNBC three times.
I've been working really really articulated the word out people we have to stop this.
And getting the public got involved.
But I guess in the White House is working the refs -- right.
The -- -- -- what they're doing if they're repeating themselves they're they're doing what they themselves -- flooding the zone to try to do is to inundated.
The members of congress only with information.
In favor military actions and keep away from any information that's against the.
I don't get why they're doing this I voted for an anti war president I'm probably guessing you did to so I don't get what's going on there.
Well I mean you don't just speculating it's probably not a coincidence -- -- just took over the job and now we're seeing.
But -- anti -- guy -- well apparently not a well he campaign -- 192004.
As somebody wondered diplomacy over military action.
He was a guy who asked the question when he was 27 years old -- -- US summit to be last man to die for a mistake.
And now he wants any estimate to be the first -- and I promise -- Well that is very daft question but in all -- their public meetings together it's been -- has been out front pushing for the technical who's been trailing behind.
-- another person who has flip flopped it seemed on what he previously said about how would you handle these kinds of crises so I don't get -- these these are all people who had very different dovish attitudes.
In the past.
Well the bottom line is that there whatever it is it's motivation they're just fulfilling their failing miserably because.
The public speaking that's the case -- -- popular -- Do you think you're gonna have the votes to thwart this.
And prior to -- have supported by midnight tonight.
What about the -- they -- -- -- more likely to settle a proven what if it's.
-- not approved in the house but is in the senate what happens -- Welcome the president will not have his authorization that he'll have to.
Even at the center says yes and -- -- now.
Oh absolutely I mean the way this is working is that -- -- presenting a joint resolution -- joint resolution requires joint action but it helped by the senate.
Legally -- conservative -- from the outside of north out of just the -- took no it's legally that letter.
How many Democrats are saying unlike you.
We have to vote for the president here -- Democrats he's a president we can't have that kind of division and our party.
Virtually none I mean the number.
According to that all the -- information that's out there and tournament for the Washington Post how to impose the hill.
Mother ship assert our dog -- all the different counts the Democrats in the house -- reading -- one against the president.
The Republicans are running -- ten to one against the.
And then what does -- president -- he doesn't get the votes -- ago hadn't anyway -- -- understand is in Syria he just went in via the war resolution he gave congress notice within 48 hours the war powers resolution.
And then was out within sixty days I don't know why he's not doing this here -- feels he has the power to do that the first place.
Well it's again his motivation is irrelevant what what matters -- the fact that people are speaking up against since picking up very well what do you mean it's.
-- site members coming to repair costs could literally accosted in the streets.
People who recognize -- and so they don't vote for this thing we don't need another war.
-- -- -- with representative Alan Grayson.
Something you have touched upon.
In other interviews about this is that there are a third of the country roughly who are refugees now they need humanitarian help.
Why can't we be the kind of country I envision -- is being -- you do and help those people.
There's not sort of constructive things we do can do particularly if -- to protect it's gonna cost a billion dollars is a lot of good things we can do for a billion dollars but what it really comes down to -- Or three weeks away from government shutdown we are five weeks away from the government running out of money when we reach that that's going to be really be spending -- time talking about things.
And we never tuchman how much it's going to cost -- and a Republican in good conscience.
Vote for this and then go to show that the government can we can't afford to pay the bills three weeks later.
Well many people are afraid of -- that this will be received -- rationale for public listing these spending cap to sequestration cap on the military only.
I asked I asked the question directly in my five minutes of questioning.
-- before the foreign affairs committee yesterday I think it's specifically.
Will you come to that the the congress W out for more money.
Because of this attack and the answer was me being.
-- I wonder if the president gets approval or he goes in any -- if he doesn't what the consequences are.
Well first of all it is exceedingly unlikely.
You know if if the current count this 204.
Against and 24 in -- which is the way the Washington Post is reporting -- now.
The president would have to win the undecideds by ten to one after losing -- decided by ten to one that's just not gonna that it is politically.
It doesn't matter it's irrelevant the iconic you know that's not the the issue at all and obviously the war based upon what it's gonna do normal -- politically that's something Eric George Bush by George W.
Bush might have done like we we can't we can't make that decision on the -- it's.
You know when he said red line I just played the cut here few minutes ago before you came out with us he gives up a lot of real -- we never said if -- -- -- if you cross -- line I'm on the war he citizen to recalculate what he was did what he would do.
We'll look at a new calculus.
He never said we're gonna start bombs -- -- you cross a red -- so -- you think he wasn't half he's not living up to some promising.
Well when he sort of said it's not his credibility on the line and I accept that but little of that fact we can't go to war based on credibility we have to go to work.
Based on what is in the vital to the security -- because it's a civil war.
Thank you want out of roughly dozen civil wars that kill 101000 people or more every year are we supposed to go into Somalia what about Burma.
While we're about it when we going to -- our four -- -- -- once you start this thing there's never any end to it.
And then that's the real problem here we just simply can't afford this anymore you're not the world police officer.
We're not the world's judge jury and executioner.
We have to pick our spots now all going to go.
-- that if we are doing anything to debilitate.
A son -- by default helping al-Qaeda and the array of forces on the other side none of whom are -- gaps.
Well what's what's happening is that the civil war is evolving into a proxy war between -- crazy Shiite fundamentalists can create these Sunni fundamentalists have.
I -- war that's been going on now for roughly thirteen hundred years I don't think were to be able to -- of that war.
Any more than we and helped -- and the warlords not run Afghanistan after we leave in 2014 what about the UN.
And using that as a place to go when I go to the Security Council and -- actually said I'm not -- necessarily doing at this early count Security Council votes for it.
But it wouldn't that be the way to go -- wouldn't do anything.
It's they -- go to the general assembly the Russians don't even have a veto as a general assembly I think the reason why they don't want to the general -- because they know they're gonna loose.
-- no consensus in favor of this we are auto row and we're acting like cowboys are we going to put this attack.
And the consequences will be very dangerous and very superior.
Congressman -- always appreciate -- having on the show thank you for being with us thank you tonight thanks so much Alan Grayson of Florida.
Standing up for what I believe is the correct thing to do which is not to vote -- vote no on this so were resolution.
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