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Rep. McCaul: Don't Do 'Victory Lap' Over Syrian Deal

Sunday, 15 Sep 2013 09:59 AM

By Greg Richter

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The White House should "exercise humility" and "not do a victory lap" over the potential diplomatic deal to avoid a military strike on Syria, says Republican Rep. Mike McCaul of Texas.

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," McCaul said it will be "extremely difficult" to disarm the government of Bashar Assad of chemical weapons. Asked whether American troops should be used in the disarming effort, McCaul said he would prefer to see Russian troops be used instead.

Russia proposed the deal to have Syria hand over its chemical weapons to international officials after Secretary of State John Kerry suggested just such an idea in an off-hand answer to a reporter's question on Monday.

McCaul didn't think Russian President Vladimir Putin felt pressured by President Barack Obama's threat to use force. Instead, he likely looked at how the Muslim Brotherhood took over in Egypt and is present in Libya after both experienced the Arab Spring of 2012 and feared the same thing happening "in his own backyard," he said.

Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland disagreed with an assertion by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina a day earlier that Putin had boxed Obama in.

If outfoxing means giving the president everything he asked for, Van Hollen said, "maybe that's the kind of outfoxing we need."

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