President Obama Meets With His National Security Team to Discuss Syria

Chairman of House Intelligence Committee says he wants more input from Congress.
1:56 | 08/29/13

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Now we turn to the other big news tonight, the u.S. Military strike on syria tonight. The white house briefing congress on the chemical weapons there. What a u.S. Strike could accomplish. Our team coverage begins with abc's senior national correspondent jim avila at the white house for us. Reporter: Just as the obama administration begins to brief the congress via teleconference tonight, a huge and stemming blow from britain. The parliament has decided that it will not support any military action in syria, leaving president obama to act alone. The president behind closed doors since yesterday, meeting with members of his national security team, and already labeled "the unhappy warrior" by "time magazine." Promising any military action will be limited and tailored. Today his spokesman emphasizing to a war-weary american people the u.S. Is not planning an all-out attack of syria or military attempt to topple bashar assad. What we're talking about here is something that's very discrete and limited. Reporter: The white house making the case syrian chemical weapons threaten our allies, our military bases, and embassies in the middle east and to the world in general, because any use of chemical weapons anywhere makes their use everywhere more likely. The chairman of the house intelligence committee says he agrees, but wants more consultation with congress before the president acts. This is as serious as it gets. You're going to engage the u.S. Military. There are consequences for doing that and there are also consequences for not doing it. Reporter: The president called speaker boehner today but this latest development with britain is a -- has a big impact, while the u.S. Says it will respond to syria's use of chemical weapons, it may now have to do it alone and if president obama decides to do it militarily, he is willing to do it alone, we're told.

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