U.S. President Barack Obama is continuing his push for congressional support of U.S. military action in Syria, as some lawmakers express their doubts about his plan and Russia questions the evidence behind it.
President Obama is hosting a meeting on Monday at the White House with Senator John McCain, who has long been urging the president to take forceful action against Syria. McCain said on Sunday the U.S. should go beyond limited air strikes to include the threat of removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power.
Some members of Congress have taken the opposite view, questioning whether the military should be involved at all.
The Syrian government denies using chemical weapons and says the rebels have used poison gas against Syrian troops. While Russia has called any military intervention “utter rubbish”. The Syrian opposition is disappointed with the response that Obama has given considering that he has said that any military intervention will be limited and narrow with no beats on the ground.