On Thursday, Republican Rep. Peter King told Fox News that he wants President Obama to show more leadership if he wants to convince U.S. House members that voting "yea" for his Syria resolution is in the best interest of the United States.
King’s statements coincide with the fact that President Obama has a long way to go in convincing the public and the U.S. House that an airstrike on Syria is justified.
Many House members are not yet convinced and the American Legion issued a statement on Tuesday urging caution in rushing to use the nation’s military forces and injecting ourselves into a civil war in Syria.
American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger told its members, “Congress and President Obama need to use caution in their decision to strike Syria and urged Congress to consider national interests carefully before deciding whether or not to take military action against Syria.”
"While we have not addressed the Syrian situation as such, we commend Congress for its due diligence under its Constitutional authority," Dellinger said. "The American Legion also urges Congress and President Obama to be guided in their decisions by principles outlined in our organization’s relevant resolutions. That is, American national interests should be clearly identified and defined before military action is taken."
A vote is expected as early as next week by members of the U.S. House and Senate on the issue.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee conducted its first hearing on Syria on Tuesday in which Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey testified in support of military action.
On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7, with one senator voting present, to approve a military strike in Syria and on Thursday, the Hill reported on the latest consensus among members of the U.S. House and Senate on whether to use military force in Syria.
The Hill stated on Thursday that although it appears that the Democratic majority in the Senate will pass the resolution, passage appears to be slim as most House Republicans plan to vote no or are leaning no as of Thursday evening.
Also, in a rare political alliance, Libertarians, Liberals, and many Republicans are united against a military strike in Syria.
The continually updated complete list of the The Hill's whip list of U.S. Congressional and Senate members' stance on Syria can be read here.