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Sen. Graham: Obama 'Needs to Up His Game' on Syria

Tuesday, 03 Sep 2013 12:20 PM

By Dan Weil

President Barack Obama has more work to do to convince Congress and the public to support his plan for attacking Syria, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday.

"There's a lot at stake in Syria and the president, above all others, needs to up his game," the South Carolina Republican told CNN's "New Day."

Graham, who met with the president at the White House Monday to discuss the Syrian crisis, called on Obama to make his case to the nation, saying if he "doesn’t engage and persuade the American people, this vote is going to be too close to call right now," Politico reports.

The senator complained about the Obama administration's handling of the Syrian conflict, suggesting that it gives off the appearance of weakness and confusion about whether to intervene for any reason.

"This is about the most mismanaged situation I’ve ever seen since World War II when they were trying to control the Nazis," Graham said. "This is bizarre. We're going, we're not going. We don't need Congress, yes we do."

Asked what kind of strike plan he would support, Graham said "a military strike to degrade Assad" while "upgrading the rebel opposition forces" and using "regional players" to help carry some of the burden "makes sense to me," he said.

"These are all bad options," he added, "but that option to me has a chance of working."

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