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Politico - Chambliss: Obama's 'Weakness'

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By Mackenzie Weinger

President Barack Obama has shown "weakness" as commander-in-chief on the conflict in Syria, Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss charged on Sunday.

Asked by CBS correspondent Major Garrett on "Face the Nation" if it has been a "credible" week for the president as commander-in-chief, the Republican vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee replied, "I'm afraid that what is shown is there is weakness there. And, you know, the world is watching."

"I think the weakness is that he said again yesterday, "I'm going to take military action,'" Chambliss said. "Well, the world is saying, you know, your predecessors, whether Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan - we could go back even further - when something like this has happened and the national security of the United States has been put at risk, then presidents lead. In a time of crisis, presidents make tough, hard decisions and they lead. And there's weakness here on the part of the president."

"So, I think it's not been a good week for him," Chambliss added. "But he's made this decision to come to Congress, and it's going to be a very, very tough debate and going back to your question of whether or not it can pass? I would say if the president cannot make his case to Congress, then it's not going to pass. He's got to come out and really be in-depth with respect to the intelligence that we know is out there. He's got to be in-depth with respect to what type of military action is going to be taken and what is our current strategy and how is this military strike impact that particular strategy."

"I was supportive of the president taking early action, but he hasn't done that," Chambliss said. "And now that it's been delayed this much, I think that Congress does have a role to play here."


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