Congressman Buck McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, joined Brian Kilmeade on his radio show Kilmeade and Friends for a candid and honest interview on what is happening behind the scenes in D.C. regarding how the administration is handling Syria.  Highlights and audio of the interview are below:

  • President Obama has yet to get back to Chairman McKeon regarding his meeting request on sequestration.  1:04
  • McKeon talked about how much the operation in Syria has already cost.  1:42
  • McKeon said that there is a lot of confusion and cites an example of Sec. Kerry testifying before the Senate last week and how his testimony changed yesterday. 2:15
  • McKeon told Sec. Kerry that he wouldn't want his job because he is out there saying one thing and the President is saying something else.  2:53  (10:50 into the interview McKeon explains the specific example he is referring to)
  • "It seems to me like Putin just put a hook and a line in the water and the President grabbed it, swallowed it and now Putin is just going to sit there, play with him and jerk that around.  All that is happening on the world stage and we are just looking weaker and weaker."  4:07
  • "We have the largest committee, we have 62 members...and if you don't have the Armed Services Committee supporting a strike then you have real problems." 5:02
  • On the President's National Security team, if you add up their years of experience in the military, it is a big number and he made the decision to strike.  They left the room and he had a walk with his Chief of Staff and met with his closest advisors, if you add up all of their military experience it is zero, and at the point he had changed the strategy and they had to let Kerry and Hagel, Dempsey know that they were doing something else.  6:05
  • The lack of leadership in this administration is striking.  Clinton didn't feel he needed to go to congress for approval when he thought something was that important.  I thought it was good for Obama to come to congress because he had no support in either of those groups.  You can't go to war if you have the whole country against you and basically that is where we are.  He has not laid out the case and the people don't think this is in our national security interest.  You have to be very careful with military power but when you use it you better use it full-bore, you know shock and awe, the Colin Powell theory.  6:57
  • McKeon was getting a briefing from Sec. Kerry, Susan Rice, Sec. Hagel, Gen. Clapper, Gen Dempsey, all the top people, and a member asked about the Russian proposal.  Susan Rice jumped on it saying I was at the UN for 2.5 years and I tried dealing with these people saying it is impossible to do and Sec. Kerry pooh-poohed it saying we will get nothing out of them.  When McKeon left the meeting found out that while they were telling him that the President was saying, "Ooh, this is a great idea!"  10:50
  • Brian played a cut of Sec. Kerry at yesterday's Armed Services Committee hearing where he said we will wait,  but not for long.  Brian summed up Kerry's assessment by saying Kerry doesn't think for a second Russia is sincere and McKeon just laughed and said, "You nailed it!  That is exactly what is happening."  13:05
  • Brian compared to what his happening within this Administration as a circus and again McKeon laughed and said, "We probably shouldn't be laughing about this because it is so serious, but it is laughable.  If it weren't our President and our Nation looking so silly, it could make for a great sitcom!"  14:15