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Joining me right now is a member of this but the house armed services committee we've had him on the show before his status congressman Brad plans -- he -- a former.
Army doctor he's a lieutenant colonel in the army reserves and as I said he sent -- the house armed services committee which is the committee that will decide.
Team whether to use force happening in Syria are a source of Pennsylvania so much for joining us plan please get your reaction -- -- -- I think the president could very clearly did make a good case about the inhumane treatment that is taking place in Syria that I don't think that anyone has any doubt about.
It's really how are we going to go about it.
One of the things it's a real problem is the the lack.
Cohesion in the international community -- down I think that makes very challenging.
It seems to meet the president has put together more coalition on the one -- those wanting us to do something rather than a Coalition of the Willing those willing to participate.
And some type of an effort.
Okay you're gonna have well I guess you're not going to be asked to vote because the president's speech last night said he wants to put any military action go to military action on cars for -- -- But what are you hearing from your constituents where is it is their support for.
-- my constituents it's very clearly that there's not support.
There are very few that phone calls that we get the emails that we get in the hole that we get online -- that there are not in support and they may be a variety of reasons why they don't support it.
But it's pretty much.
-- a high level of non support.
Okay you have issued a statement saying you are united in support of this hour.
Is it because of your constituents or your own military experience and are both well it's my own military experience -- -- if you look at what general Dempsey talked about he talked about some of the unintended consequences.
It may take place and he said this is no less than an act of war and at the same time you have secretary Kerry saying let me be perfectly clear this is not war.
So we're not going out it was a very good approach I don't put our military in that position where at home people don't even though congress doesn't even know are we war or are we not.
The one of the questions that I asked yesterday in our hearing was if the type of -- did you have in place for Syria.
Was inflicted upon the United States by another nation which you considered an act of war.
-- -- answer -- general Dempsey did feel that it would be an act of war secretary hagel kind of maneuvered around it and unfortunately secretary Kerry had already left.
But I would like to get his answer on that.
What what do you think it means it when the president comes to congress when he -- to congress what was your impression last week you know if you listen.
And he capacity is only -- is only -- nine days ago.
That the secretary of state made a really impassioned case saying.
The horrors of war the horrors of chemical weapons is -- to -- like we're scrambling jets.
And getting ready to attack and then the president said.
Trevor Slater now let's toss to congress.
What are you what was your reaction will present -- -- I think did.
Overall people just have a lack of confidence of what may take place and are not certain that we really have the plans in place to follow up whatever may come with it.
-- in general Dempsey talked about that.
The American people don't have confidence -- that are we really going to contain these weapons they're not sure if we're going to deter actually engaging in war.
And this is what makes it difficult this time the president had to make his case he did little bit last night.
But I don't think -- -- even last night more and more people in congress are still coming out saying they'd be against it at this point.
And I think until we see a well defined plan where we know what that America's national security interest or in this case.
And how we're gonna come out as winners.
And that's the thing we want to make sure that we come out as winners is a military person we always want that.
-- -- her -- and what do you need to hear that you haven't heard.
I need to know the strategic plan and what the mission is all about you can go to the pal doctrine for example you know I think that's a great example to follow.
In all the things that we do militarily.
You know not only international community being being behind it.
That the American people being behind it but what is the nation what is the objective what do you hope to accomplish what you wanted to be when you're finished and how you get out.
And are we going to create something worse.
Instead of better that's what people have -- curiosity about and it's not be an answer.
Can I do just a full disclosure sure -- -- -- -- one of my colleague of mine I wrote the Weinberger doctrine which is the it's it was Notre -- the hell yeah I am I getting releases is still -- But you know people have ignored it for the last ten years I think it's gotten a whole new burst of popularity after.
That lack of success that we've seen in Afghanistan Iraq let me go forward now what do you think happens the president's past and send secretary Kerry.
Two -- in Geneva to meet his Russian counterpart what do you make of the Russian proposal and what you can do you hear about -- Well we're gonna see that they have to say -- eight and apparently made a proposal but I haven't had a history news yet but at the same time it seems that -- leading.
And so a sleeping.
Yeah they're they're leading saying here's what -- proposed and we're telling you that we don't want any military force or we won't talk to you.
I would like to see our president -- leading on this issue.
And saying this is what America wants and this is where we are.
-- -- -- -- and if I didn't write apotheker today is September 11 and you know you obviously and come at a plus people US -- medical doctor.
In their worst of the fighting have seen the worst of the casualties.
What do you think camp when you think of this and -- anniversaries seems the president is even mentioned in passing last night there's still are no answers to what happened.
And why there was no rescue mission.
You know that -- -- terribly painful to me is when I was in Iraq and we lost a soldier or marine.
It was very difficult needless to say.
But in my heart of hearts and I felt that we were doing something that we were liberating 26 million people in Iraq.
And we were we were doing something positive that it wasn't in -- we don't even know what people were in the view and it didn't -- we don't know why and why they had to die.
And we need those questions answered and I feel for their families you know we've had a lot of suffering in our country since twelve years ago today.
And it and it still goes on but we need explanations for why lives are being lost.
This is why I think you're a man that's the entire nation needs to hear from not only do you have the background personally.
Patrick kind of articulation you bring any ability to take complicated things so we can understand don't think yeah Chris thank you very much my resident brat when -- House armed services committee man and moment did you bring decision.
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