REP. JIM McDERMOTT (D-WA): Well, It sounds very much like Iraq. We've got the drumbeat of war, and we're giving the -- they're giving us the bums rush that everything is all in line and everything is perfect. I remember [former Secretary of State] Colin Powell going to the United Nations and telling us the very same sort of thing. They knew everything, and you can see what we got out of Iraq.
I actually remember the attacks that Bill Clinton made on Sudan and Afghanistan back in 1995. Those were also told that we were going to hit a munitions factory where they were making weapons of mass destruction. And we are rushing too fast. The Congress should be brought in. We should all be made aware of what's going on, it should not be the president acting unilaterally. It is not his army; it is the army of the United States of America and we are the ones who are sending them to war and we should vote to do it and take responsibility for It.
McDERMOTT: What's the hurry and what is the goal? What are you expecting to be the goal that we accomplish day two after we've shot in 50 Tomahawk missiles? Will we have taken out Assad? Is that the goal? Or is It take out the Syrian army? Or is It to lay the country waste to make rubble? What is it that we are intending to get out of this?