The Obama Administration works non-stop in an effort to gain support from Congress and the American people. ABC News reports Tuesday, Sep. 3 that President Obama seeks support from Sen. John McCain (R) Arizona and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) South Carolina to make his case and gain momentum for Congressional approval to use military force against Syria. Tuesday morning on Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulos called it “President Obama’s high-stakes showdown over the crisis in Syria.”
ABC News’ Martha Raddatz said on Sep. 3, “While Sen. McCain has criticized the president for not taking enough action in Syria he is now urging his colleagues to support the resolution.” Sen. McCain admitted, “A vote against that resolution by Congress, I think, would be catastrophic because it would undermine the credibility of the United States of America and the president.” Sen. Graham said, “We urge the president to up his game and inform the American people ‘what does it mean if Assad wins and the opposition loses?’” Sen. McCain believes “I think we have found some areas that we can work together. But, we have a long way to go.”
Raddatz described Syria's President Bashar al-Assad as “looking poised and immaculately dressed” defiantly telling Le Figaro, French newspaper, that President Obama has “no proof chemical weapons were used.” Assad threatened against Western retaliation, “The Middle East is a powder keg and the fire is getting closer. No one knows what will happen. Everyone will lose control once the keg blows up. Chaos and extremism will spread. The risk of a regional war exists.”
Topping off all the activity on Tuesday morning, Russia reported a missile launch over the seas near Syria, setting off all kinds of alarms. After Russia reported it, Israeli minister of defense confirmed that there was a long-range missile test Tuesday morning. Israel conducts these types of exercises occasionally, but as Martha said, “This is clearly a very sensitive time to be testing a missile and only adds to the tension in the region.”
Top Congressional leaders were summoned to the White House Tuesday, Martha saying, “This is a full-court press.” Speaker of the House John Boehner also announced on Tuesday that he would back the president on the war resolution.