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Thank you on that -- let's bring in PJ Crowley he's a former.
Assistant secretary of state and now professor of practice at Georgetown Washington George Washington University apologies TJ great to see you thank you.
-- -- last what is a good one because you know the whole idea of this voted seems to a lot of people to really be dead in the water because if in fact -- diplomacy weeks months down the line doesn't work.
It seems as if the president's not gonna go back to congress to seek approval this would be okay now we're gonna go and just on my approval.
I'm not sure that's the case Trace.
Obviously -- what's gonna take a pause.
We're a holding pattern to see whether the Russian and Syrian pledges are serious I think there are ways in which you can test this early on.
Obviously first is can you get a credible resolution.
You know through the Security Council that that commits Syria legally.
You know to -- -- west weapons then you're looking for a credible declaration by Syria as to what they have.
And where it is one of the great challenges is an inserting an inspection team how do you keep that -- safe.
On the ground we saw with the UN inspection team that was in Damascus recently -- fired upon even as they were traveling to the site of a horrible August 21.
Attack and then over time how do you position these weapons they can be destroyed that process will obviously take years but I think there will be will be a way of testing this early on to find out.
Is it serious can it work or not.
-- and then you talk about the big challenges what -- the big deal breakers here PGA because it seems to me that if we go on with this weeks and months negotiation process.
What's the first -- in your estimation that that Bashir aside is simply trying to buy time what's the big point.
That we need to look for.
Well I would move it back to words days or weeks as opposed to months I don't think that the administration is going to let this go on.
-- obviously the first with -- sort of businesses will there be a credible resolution and and the value there is it brings the UN back into having a meaningful role.
In the Syrian crisis China and Russia have effectively sidelined.
United Nations for the past two years I think he'll be a way early on to see is this credible at that point if it's not.
The president then is probably a stronger position.
Coming back to congress to say I tried diplomacy it does look like it's going to work.
As Chris -- Holland just said.
-- now we come back to the issue wolf.
Can military force and I do think that if this diplomacy does not work out it's not seen as doable.
And credible it's going to cause a lot of -- calculations among.
House and senate members.
We talk about you know you talk about China and Russia being the fly in the ointment in the UN Security Council as of late -- in recent years.
No matter how you spin this it appears that debt -- really is kind of pulling the strings on this case alone -- You know I I I heard the comment earlier about stealing his lunch money but this puts -- on the hook.
He he's the guy that has the most significant leverage.
With Bashar Al Assad.
Yeah Russia's credibility is now invested in Syria as well as American credibility.
If he's not able to deliver his client state Syria that reflects badly on -- And and and that works to the presence favor because he can he can argue that look.
-- put -- didn't deliver so my plan for military force is now the only viable one on the table.
Former assistant secretary of state PJ Crowley PJ always good to see you sir thank you.
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