September 5th, 2013
10:37 AM ET

Senate Committee Approves Force in Syria, Now What?

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a bill authorizing the use of force in Syria Wednesday, leaving administration officials to lobby Congressional lawmakers for the same conclusion today.

CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.

After the 10 – 7 win in the Senate, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuch Hagel faced a very tough crowd in the house.

One explosive confrontation shows the hard work ahead for these men to win over lawmakers:

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC): "Mr. Kerry, you have never been one that has advocated anything other than caution, when involving U.S. forces in past conflicts. Is the power of the executive branch so intoxicating that you would abandon past caution in favor for pulling the trigger on a military response so quickly?"

Kerry responded: "I volunteered to fight for my country and that wasn't a cautious thing to do when I did it."

Members of Congress are asking the hard questions Americans want to know like what comes after a proposed military strike? What happens if they shoot back at Americans? Who are the rebel forces?

CNN's Chris Cuomo asked Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken if the President will address the American people and these concerns directly any time soon.

Blinken dodged answering directly when he said, “I think it’s safe to say that the President will continue to address the American people on the need to hold Assad accountable for the use of poison gas on its own people and his own children."

SEE FULL INTERVIEW FOR MORE FROM THE ADMINISTRATION'S PERSPECTIVE: 

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  1. Virginia Hilderbrand

    I do not support any intervention in Syria.

    September 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Reply

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