While Congress debates whether the U.S. should attack Syria for using chemical weapons on civilians, President Obama is in Russia trying to drum up international support for his plan. President Obama smiled and shook hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the opening of the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg. But behind the scenes the leaders are expected to pursue opposing agendas when it comes to Syria. During a meeting with Japan's Prime Minister, the President resumed his push for military intervention. President Obama says, "The use of chemical weapons in Syria is not only a tragedy, but also a violation of international law that must be addressed."
Russia backs Syrian President Bashar Assad and claims the rebels trying to overthrow the government have much stronger ties to al Qaida than the U.S. admits. In Washington, the White House has been busy this week dispatching top cabinet members to Capitol Hill hoping to sway skeptical lawmakers.
On Wednesday, a Senate committee approved a resolution authorizing a military strike paving the way for a full Senate vote, likely next week. But, the House is a different story. Even with support from the top Republican, many GOP lawmakers are against using military force in Syria. There is no word when the House will vote on the resolution.