Obama Concedes He Might Lose on Syria; Won’t Say What He Would Do Next
WASHINGTON (AP) — As more lawmakers come out against a U.S. military strike in Syria, President Barack Obama is conceding that he might lose his battle for congressional support. And he’s not saying what he would do if Congress won’t support U.S. retaliation for a chemical weapons attack in Syria last month.
During a series of six network interviews, Obama told NBC that he hasn’t decided what his next step would be if Congress won’t go along.
The interviews came as a glimmer of a possible diplomatic solution appeared. Obama said a statement from Syria suggesting that it might agree to surrender control of its chemical weapons stockpile is a potentially positive development. But he added that the U.S. needs to keep up a “credible threat of military pressure” in order to get the kind of agreement he wants to see from the Syrians.
Although Obama has picked up a smattering of support, several lawmakers from both parties said today they’d vote against a military strike.
Republican congressman Peter King, who supports military action, says Obama needs to show that a strike “is in America’s national security interest.”
There was supposed to be a test vote in the Senate on Wednesday on the resolution backing a military strike. But that vote has now been postponed.