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More now on the reaction from congress to rush's plan for Syria to surrender its chemical weapons white house Press Secretary Jay Carney today said the US needs to keep pressure on Syria.
For a diplomatic solution to the crisis to succeed.
He also said that so far there has been a healthy didn't debate among lawmakers -- The president appreciates that and and then you've seen.
At every level engage with congress.
In any way that it -- To provide more information about this very important issue.
Earlier we spoke with Republican congressman Michael -- now let's get the democratic side Washington congressman Adam Smith is the ranking member.
Of the house armed services committee congressman say -- thank you for joining us.
Thanks for the chance.
A lot of Republicans are saying that they believe some Democrats are relieved this -- not happening because quite frankly they believe that a lot of Democrats wanted to support the president.
But we're not in favor of using force against Syria were you in that camp.
I don't think there were relieved it's a vote I mean we all have different positions on and I think that the biggest perspective the democratic side as it was apparent that both in the senate and house.
The president was gonna have a difficult time getting those votes and the impact of that on his policy would not have been -- at least this gives us another option hopefully a better option.
To control the chemical weapons.
And move us forward in a different direction on the policy is I think there's a lot of Democrats and Republicans who were skeptical about one time strike.
How effective that was going to be in what exactly was going to accomplish.
But that that debate will continue and as you have noted it's it's far from over we may well still have that -- Yes and what if this lingers congressman I mean this thing could go on for months we're talking about negotiations and posturing -- -- -- -- What -- this thing lingers for months down the road then what.
Why think the single most important thing that the problem we have here is we all agreed that the saudis terribly the warcraft.
Mean he's the worst war criminal we've had in decades he should not be in power.
But what is the alternative to a -- we need time to build a reasonable alternative that that's the policy -- I think we should be pursuing.
I was recently in Jordan and went up that Syrian border are not with a lot of -- wide area including.
A number of Syrian refugees.
-- there are reasonable forces in Syria fighting against the -- We need to support them because there's also al-Qaeda and some folks that we don't want to see succeed.
We need to build a reasonable alternative suicide and that's gonna take some time.
Yeah and you had John McCain came out today said look if you don't support the rebels then why would they stick with us what they just go and join up with -- al-Qaeda is al-Qaeda has got some money and they can give them food and shelter and you know all the things that you need to survive.
Yeah -- -- they they -- definitely saying that over there.
You know they meet with us and talk to us that they they want more help and that's why.
A one -- military strike focused on chemical weapons.
Mean that's an important issue but there are other much more important issues in that region we need to contain the damage in Syria protect Jordan protect Israel.
And like I said develop a reasonable alternative to a side.
Or you know being this awkward position of wanting to you know stop stop -- using chemical weapons.
But not wanting to knock him out of power even not wanting him to lose control of this chemical weapons -- we lose control of them they're the -- gonna fall under the control people that are even worse.
Yeah it's the old saying you know better to deal with the devil you know the WW congressman do you ever believe that this will actually come to a vote in congress.
You know I'm not into hypotheticals are predictions I will say this I think the administration hasn't topped uphill fight ahead of them.
To get those votes and I'll be honest part of the reason as they were very very -- to coming to congress to talk about this you know the president made his announcement.
That he was going to come to congress where this about then they started talking to us you know I will tell you why I didn't alternately they support the surge in Iraq.
-- -- -- President Bush months before he made that decision reached out to congress and said what do you think.
What -- my policy -- And engaged with us that didn't happen this time that's got the president playing catch up when -- -- Congressman Adam Smith congressman good to see you thank you sir thank you.
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