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>> no god condones this terror. no grievance justifies these actions. there can be no reasoning. no negotiation with this brand of evil. the only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. >> while the speech touched on broader issues from ukraine to iran to the ebola outbreak in africa, even the police shooting of michael brown in ferguson, missouri, all the examples, said president obama, while cooperation is the first step in combating violence and misery no matter where they occur. president obama also summoned the words of eleanor roosevelt. asking the assembled dignitaries, where do all human rights begin? in small places close to home.
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chris jansing, nbc senior white house correspondent. this is only the second time a u.s. sitting president has chaired the u.n. security council meeting, the other president being barack obama. what are we expecting from the president this time? >> i think you made a good point, to chair this, in such a public forum, shows you how important this is, foreign fighters. he'll reemphasize the threat they pose. the threat they pose here in the united states. the threat in europe. the threat in the region throughout the middle east. also calling on people to vote for this u.s.-backed, u.s.-proposed security council binding resolution that says, you have to stop this flow of people going in and out. and have you to prosecute people who fund terror, who make it possible for this to happen. so, this is really going to be a call for what a lot of people in the intelligence community say is the number one concern. this kind of lone wolf.
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somebody who might not be on the radar. we know here in the united states, intelligence officials are tracking 100 or more of them. some have been arrested. the concern really is somebody who is out there, who could go, train, potentially in syria, and then come back. >> chris jansing, thanks very much. dafner rand worked for the state department and national security council during the first time of the obama administration, she's at center for new american security. let's talk first about this latest apparent beheading by a splinter group off isis in algeria. do we now face the threat that what started off as sort of a -- as a regional problem, isis grabbing people who happen to traverse into syria becomes instantly now, at least in the minds of a lot of people, a global problem? >> right. thank you very much. this is a great question. a great concern. i mean, the truth is that this has always been a global
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problem. it's a global threat. it was so before this horrible beheading we heard about today. you know, there are splinter groups of al qaeda, of isis cropping up. there's a decentralization of the jihadist movement. the fact there are beheadings occurring in north africa under the name of isis should not be shocking or surprising. this is the main reason why there's such a necessary -- it's so necessary for there to be a multilateral international response to this threat. >> and you were actually at the nsa during the time when the arab spring was unfolding and dealing with that. is what we're seeing essentially what happens when you take away kind of the dictator strong man in some of these countries that really kept a lid on these extremist groups, and as bad as those dictators were, have we unleashed a wave of extremism that's difficult to contain, absent that kind of authoritarianism? >> i would caution against simplifying the causes of this. there are many causes of this. there were lots of roots of
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extremism in the region before this arab -- these arab spring protests of 2011. al qaeda had a lot of followers before the popular movements took off in 2011 that unseated some dictators up. can't assign one attributable cause to this. for the most part, the protest movements were indigenous, they were local, they were peaceful, demands by citizens for democratic hopes and political and economic opportunity. >> is that the reason you're also seeing this dual track? where you have the administration yesterday, the president gave a speech and he talked about building civil societies. is that the reason at the same time we're enlisting allies to bomb isis targets inside syria? there's also this push to build civil institutions because people have yearning for more freedom or democrats in their country? >> sure. the president recognizes rightly so, i believe, that there's many forces going on in many of these societies. there's on the one hand a yearning for expression. civil society is a very important part of it. civil society is not just
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nongovernmental organizations. it's also educational, private sector, independents from state authority. and the president recognizes rightly that there needs to be other options, other venues as opposed to just extremism for popular aspirations. >> i want to play you -- there's another elephant in the room every time you talk about this region. the arab/israeli conflict. let's listen to how he linked it to the current situation in iraq and syria. >> the situation in iraq and syria and libya shut cure anybody of the illusion that the arab/israeli conflict is the main source of problems in the region. for far too long that's been used as an excuse to distract people from problems at home. >> that's just one more element. how does that element, the ongoing arab/israeli conflict play into this larger marass of extremism we're seeing in the region. >> it's hard to link that conflict to the rise of isis.
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they're similar. this summer to what extent there was a distrakdz, the rest of the region was very involved in domestic politics, whether that was going on in syria or iraq or the gulf. so, there's a positive trend towards folks in the region focusing on their own issues and own problems and not always using the israeli/palestinian conflict as a crutch or escape explanation for the ills. >> it seems more like the invasion of iraq might be more in the minds of people. it's a complicated situation. appreciate dafna rand who was with the nsc, not the nsa. maybe sure we get that right. >> thank you. >> senator bob kaeshcasey, a det from pennsylvania. there was an overwhelming vote in the senate to authorize training and equipping of syrian rebels. you voted in favor of that. why then, sir, was there not added to that vote the question of whether or not we should conduct air strikes in syria? >> well, because, joy, i think
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the president has the authority he needs to conduct these air strikes. but that doesn't nor should it foreclose the possibility in the near term of having a debate about an updating of the authorization for the use of force. that would be healthy for the country. and i think at some point we should -- we should engage in that. but i think for the near term, he has the authority he needs to do this. i think it's been the early -- the early hours of this have really been successful. but this is going to be a long road. and a lot of this will be determined -- or the success of the strategy will be determined not by the air strikes, not by the weapons, but will be determined by the strength and the enduring quality of the coalition as well as the iraqi government on that side of the battlefield, so to speak. having a government of national unity or something close to that. so you don't have the -- the predicate for what a lot of
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sunnis have used as a predicate for the conflict. so, the political and diplomatic and coalition efforts here, i think in the long run, are going to be every bit as important as the military. >> well, senator casey, just to backtrack a tiny bit. you talk about the authorities. and i think a lot of americans are witnessing kind of the utter sidelining of congress on questions of war that has been increasing over time. it's not just in this current instance. but some of your colleagues don't necessarily agree that the authority question is cut and dried. al hastings did send a letter to john boehner as well as president obama in which he said, as members of congress, we have a duty to ensure that the united states does not enter a conflict without appropriate deliberation or debate. we abdicate this responsibility when we do not exercise full oversight of our military commitment. do you agree, sir, that congress at least should be in washington debating what's happening right now? there is an active, essentially air war going on, and congress
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is -- other than commenting on shows like this, is not involved. >> no, joy, i'd certainly prefer that but i think the reality is this threat is -- is operative right now. and i think having the president take action is very important. as part of a larger strategy that i just talked about, part of that strategy as well as cutting off the funding for isis. look, i see this a different way than some people do. i see this as counterterrorism. and i think the old false choice between doing nothing on the one hand and 140,000 combat troops that were on the ground in iraq when president obama took office, that's the choice that some people in washington want to have. i see it as counterterrorism. having a strategy to take on this threat and to defeat it, albeit, over a long period of time. >> sir, i think that that is the way moss of your colleagues, but do you believe the 2001, 2003
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authorizations to use military force are sufficient in this instance and that congress does not need to pass a third aumf specifically for what we're doing now in syria? >> well, certainly the 2001, which was focused on al qaeda and the threat that al qaeda posed and terrorist organizations. i think that's where the authority resides. that shouldn't foreclose, though, a debate about updating and a debate about what we're doing. but, look, having a vote in congress, one vote or two votes or however many number of votes there are, isn't the only way that congress performs the oversight. all of us have been to at least one major briefing. we should go to a lot more. we should have debates. we should have hearings. there's a whole broad range of things we can do. and every candidate running this year, i'm not one of them, but every candidate running for the senate or the house has been asked and should be asked a question about where you stand, why did you vote a certain way? that's part of the process here.
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but i think it's the way oversight is conducted has to be a much more fullsome effort that was undertaken -- then was undertaken, i should say, prior to the invasion of iraq. we have to learn from that and do a lot more as -- as elected representatives than was done at that time. >> yeah. here here. i think a lot of people think there needs to be direct oversight. do you believe congress will take votes on the budgeting and funding of military operations directly or are we going to see more things like this continuing resolution, which i think to a lot of people felt was sort of hiding the ball, just a little bit, rather than being direct about what is being done. >> well, look, i'd prefer back to what they call regular order, which means doing things the way they should be doing, meaning having individual votes on authorizing funding for different agencies, separate vote on funding for each agency. i'd much prefer that than this kind of catch-all, a continuing resolution which is basically spending what you spent last
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year and make it easier. that's not -- that's not the way things should operate, but i think that's, frankly, a bipartisan frustration. we'd all like to get back to the way things ought to work in terms of oversight, in terms of budgeting, in terms of appropriations. the way that i think the people expect us to. >> indeed. thank you very much, senator bob casey. appreciate you being here. >> thank you, joy. we continue our coverage of the air strikes in syria and iraq with david axelrod. he's the man who helped then-senator barack obama win the white house on a platform that included opposition to the iraq war. we'll talk about the president's shift toward military action, including in iraq. and later, in the show congressmen charlie rangel weighs in on the president's strategy to defeat isis. ♪ [ male announcer ] even more impressive than the research this man has at his disposal is how he puts it to work for his clients. morning. morning. thanks for meeting so early. come on in. [ male announcer ] it's how edward jones makes sense of investing.
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u.s. fighter jets bombing isis targets in syria are also targeting a grew of, quote, seasoned al qaeda veterans known as the khorasan. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel has more details about the khorasan group. >> reporter: it's a splinter group of al qaeda, which moved to syria to locate and recruit westerners among the thousands of foreign fighters in the country. the khorasan group is considered a threat to the u.s. because american intelligence officials say it wants to bring down airplanes with explosives. a traditional al qaeda objective. the group's leader is this man, muhsin al fadhli, age 33, born in kuwait. he ran al qaeda's cell in iran, reportedly fought in afghanistan and chechnya, and was a top aide to osama bin laden, said to be one of the few people to know about 9/11 before the attacks. >> now, for a president who campaigned on getting the
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country out of the war in iraq, president obama now finds himself in a sticky situation of waging new military action. david axelrod is a former political adviser and nbc political analyst. you know how critical then-senator -- actually, then state senator obama's opposition to the iraq war was to win the democratic pry naer in 2008. it's a pretty big trajectory he's made now to being reluctantly pushed back into military action both in iraq and now syria. if you were -- i mean, in terms of the way the white house is positioned now, did that strong opposition to iraq make it more difficult for the president to make the decision to go in? because a lot of people said it took him too long. >> no, i don't think so. i think he's been pretty consistent in this. i was around in 2002 when he made that now famous speech. it wasn't famous then. opposing u.s. intervention in iraq. he said, joy, then he feared it
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would be release the forces of sectarian violence and become a focal point for extremism. and that's exactly what happened. and we're still dealing with the aftermath of that. he at the same time supported the notion we need to go after the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 and felt that this would be a distraction. he's very -- he's always been very outspoken on going after terrorism that represents a threat to the american homeland, american citizens. obviously, this situation has morphed into something that requires additional action. it's a lot different than sending 150,000 troops or 180,000 into iraq. and essentially invading the country. but is it disappointing? yes. and one of the problems that has led to this, that sectarian strife that he warned of in 2002 tore the iraqi government apart,
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undermine the iraqi military and led to the situation that we have to deal with now. but we do have to deal with it. as president, commander in chief, he has the responsibility to deal with it. >> david, i think one of the things that's different in this presidency is that we're kind of watching the president's deliberative process. you don't have the kind of definitive but ultimately a lot of military minds say disastrous and rong decision to go into iraq with 140,000 troops but it was all made with a sort of narrative built in and very, you know, sort of driven by a singular direct narrative that never changed. whereas with the president, we actually watched him go through the deliberative process, first saying the syrian rebels were a collection of farmers and arming them wouldn't do much and not wanting to go into syria, pulling back from that red line. but do you think the fact that we do watch the deliberative process with this president and that he doesn't come out, as you could say, strong and wrong, does that hurt the messages from the white house? >> well, you know, it's interesting. i think one of the reasons he got elected in 2008 is that people were tired of bomb
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bastic, impulsive leadership in matters of war and peace. they wanted a more deliberative president who understood the nuances and the complexities of these challenges. and they got that president. i think he's been pretty wise in the way he's reflected on this because every time we invoke power in this region, it does become a rallying point for the extremists who try to portray it as american imperialism, american crusaders and so on. that's why it was so important that he brought other arab governments into this coalition before he went forward. now, some may feel that was a wasted period of time, but in terms of the long-term strategy, it seemed to make a great deal of sense. so, he is the president that people elected. they wanted someone to deal with this in a more thoughtful way and not in an imprulss ive way. some may get impatient with that now, but he hasn't changed.
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>> put your adviser hat back on -- your presidential adviser hat back on for a second, david, because you have a weird dichotomy happening. i may be obsessed with it. you have a congress, particularly in the house, the president has been accused of being a king, of trying to -- >> absolutely. >> -- push congress aside, not caring about the will of congress. now you have this bizarre situation where the congress is literally either cheering from the sidelines or silent. the president is navigating that dual narrative. what would you advise the president to do, vis-a-vis with congress or to the public about congress? >> it is complicated. the truth s bob casey was dancing around the question. i think casey is a great, great senator. but leaders didn't want to vote. that's why they didn't -- they didn't want it because they thought it was a potentially sticky issue. at the same time some of them are suing him for what they say is overstepping on other issues, like health care. so, you know, this was all pure
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politics. the president is in a position where he has to deal with the threat as he sees it and still try and honor the concerns of the congress. he went forward under the authority he believes he has under those earlier acts of congress. but, you know, now i'm taking my adviser hat off and i'm putting my analyst hot on. i suspect that senator obama would have been one of those pressing for a debate and a vote on this. and so it's interesting, when a guy becomes president of the united states, he's invested with the responsibility of being commander in chief. have you to make different judgments because the politics can get very difficult. >> yeah, indeed. david axelrod. thank you for being here. >> we are keeping an eye on the united nations where just in a half an hour, president obama will chair security council.
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we'll bring that to you live. then, in his speech to the u.n., the president also talked about the weeks of violence that marred the community of ferguson, missouri, this summer. it was a rare event. intro specs on an international stage about america's ongoing struggle to reconcile our own ethnic divisions. and after the break, we'll have an update on the situation in ferguson where tempers flared once again overnight after a memorial to michael brown was destroyed by fire. musical chairs. fun, right?
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reconcile the vast changes brought by globalization and greater diversity with the traditions that we hold dear. >> as you just heard, ferguson, missouri, got a mention in president obama's united nations address today. jast last night there was more unrest in a town where a police officer named darren wilson shot and killed an unarmed michael brown in august, causing weeks of racially charged protests. after a memorial to the teen caught on fire and burnt to ashes yesterday, more than 200 people took to the streets again. police confirmed a business was vandalized and there was a arson attempt. some people sent tweets in response. another business robbed and looted, another set on fire. when will enough be enough? but others tweeted their understanding of the outrage, explaining, quote, it's a deep-rooted issue in ferguson that started way before those bullets stole mike's life. reporter casey nolan from ksdk captured that sentiment in live tweets about the uprising writing, many here believe the burning of michael brown's
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memorial today was no accident. implying the fire was intentionally started. ferguson police chief thomas jackson released a statement reading in part, quote, we're all saddened by the fire that was reported at one of michael brown's memorials and are trying to obtain as much information as possible to determine what happened. to anyone who believes we don't do everything in our power -- didn't do everything in our power to put the fire out, i want to apologize and let you know, that was not the case. officers were also restrained in their responses and you captured the mostly peaceful night in videos like this one from st. louis alderman antonio french. >> please don't shoot me dead i got my hands on my head. >> police claim violent agitators joined in the protests and two people were arrested. today missouri highway patrol captain ron johnson asked people to stand up to this element. >> starting today, i'm asking
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that the many coalitions who stated they were for peace will stand publicly. citizens must stand. this agenda for peace, this agenda to make our community better, takes us all. >> still when the sun rose on ferguson today, there was a new michael brown memorial near the place where he died. and you're tweeting that it's even bigger than the one that was destroyed. you can join the conversation with fellow reiders on twitter, instagram, facebook, and msnbc.com. tell us what's important to you. coming you up, the justice department announced it will investigate the fatal shooting of john crawford iii inside a suburban walmart on the same day a grand jury made a billing ruling on the case.
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used by the terrorist group to move equipment across the border into iraq. at the top of the hour, president obama will chair a united nations security council summit focusing on people who travel to foreign countries to fight with terrorist groups. earlier today at the u.n. general assembly, president obama vowed to dismantle isis which he called a network of death. the president also called on muslims in the middle east to reject the extreme ideology. the breaking news on another story we've been following, the justice department will step in to investigate the fatal police shooting of an ohio walmart shopper. that news coming after an ohio grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who fatally shot john crawford iii inside the suburban dayton store. he was shot while carrying what turned out to be a bb gun which his family says he had taken off the shelf at the store. police say crawford was shot after refusing to obey commandses to put the gun down.
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>> they decided that the police officers and the police officer in particular that fired the shots was justified in doing what he did. >> 911. what is your emergency. >> i'm at walmart. gentleman is walking around with a gun in the store. >> a key element in the case is the surveillance video taken inside the walmart at the time of the shooting. the ohio attorney general kept that out of the public eye allowing only attorneys, crawford's family and the grand jury to see it until today. and joining me now with reaction is ohio state representative alicia reese. state senator -- state representative, sorry, you sent a letter about a week ago, a couple weeks ago, demanding that surveillance video be released. now that it's been released and now that you hear the outcome, what is your reaction to the grand jury's decision?
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>> well, let me say that many here in this area and in ohio are concerned because we wanted transparency from the beginning. there had been the 911 tape that gave a certain impression. and then when you look at the actual video, it didn't match the description. so, you know, many had said they thought that this young man had done nothing wrong and it was said today this young man had done nothing wrong. unfortunately, john crawford is dead. and the community and the citizens want answers. that's why i'm pleased that the justice department has agreed to come in. certainly we have called for them to come in. i've talked with the governor and encouraged him to have them come in. so, we want a full unbiased, timely investigation. >> and i wanted to read you the response we have now gotten into "the reid report" to the attorney for john crawford iii's family. quote, i'm happy to hear the
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justice department is getting involved. that is michael wright, who is the attorney for the crawford family. what are you expecting from a justice department investigation since you have had a grand jury decide that there was no crime here? >> yeah. you know, unfortunately, grand juries are -- are secret. it's not in the public's eye. people were -- you know, we got hundreds and hundreds of students who stood outside, trying to figure out what's going on, what actually happened. you've got the family wanting to know what happened. what we're interested in is the truth and we're interested in justice. we have an african-american unarmed man who they said did nothing wrong. and today his family is grieving because he is dead. and we want to make sure this never happens again. it's walmart today. could be another place tomorrow. we've got to get some new policies in place, but we're hoping the justice department comes in with a full, actually
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and transparent investigation so that the community, everyone, knows what's going on and they're confident in that decision being open and transparent. >> and by those statements, it implies you don't feel that was the case in this investigation. did you have it escalate to the point where the state attorney general, mike dewine, did take it over, did bring it to a state level and take it out of the hands of the local jurisdiction. are you not -- do you not feel that the investigation and the way it was conducted and the process was open or fair? >> the citizens in ohio, african-americans, my constitute yens, they do not feel it was transparent. the tapes were not released in a timely fashion. the 911 tape was released and gave one story but the full tape from walmart was not shown. we still haven't seen everything from all of the walmart cameras. and so after weeks and weeks of calling for the tapes to be released and them not being released and then today after going in a secret grand jury,
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you have a no indictment, then citizens begin to wonder what's going on. >> yeah. and as far as the community, are you starting -- well, obviously, this just happened today, but are you starting to get reaction as far as the grand jury, are you expecting protests? is there anything you're seeing out there that would indicate that people are not appreciative or not accepting of what we just heard from the grand jury? >> we've had peaceful marches. we've had peaceful rallies. the civil rights organization rights on the ground, ncaap, black and white joining together in rallies. there's been marches, walks from 11 miles from the walmart to the actual courthouse by students. so, there's a cross-section of folks who are concerned about this issue. and they've been very peaceful and they've done it in a peaceful way. i would anticipate that they will continue to be peaceful but they will continue to demand justice and -- for this young
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man who today, we've seen on the tape and they've said, he did absolutely nothing wrong. and today he is dead and his family is grieving. and the community wants answers so that this never happens again. and we're hoping to get those answers from the justice department, for them to come in, to be fair, to be transparent and to do it in a timely fashion. >> all right. thanks very much. ohio state representative alicia reese. appreciate you being here. after the break, our coverage of the military campaign against isis continues with more congressional reaction. congressman charlie rangel joins me next. ( whistle bl)ws okay patrick, one more stop. lets go base, shark, blitz. base, shark, blitz, break! when the game's on the line... okay, this is for the game. the nfl trusts duracell quantum to power their game day communication. flag nineteen, set hut! abort! abort! he's keeping it. hut!
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administration's escalating military offensive in the middle east. targeting first isis and now the al qaeda-linked khorasan group. congressman charlie rangle is a democrat from new york. i should also add a former infantry man who served his country in korea. congressman, every time these issues of war and peace come out, i'm reminded of the fact that you, since the iraq war, have said that the country needs to do more. you voted against the resolution to arm syrian rebels. you have again renewed your car for a war tax, a draft, for more participation and sacrifice from the country. how do you feel as this military campaign is escalating and congress is on the sidelines? >> i'm frightened. not for me. but for the lives that will be lost, especially american lives in a war that hasn't been declared under theory that these people, fanatic as they may be, threat to our national security, i have met nobody in my community that believe that
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their daily threats, the islamic state. if you notice, these people, these fanatics, are trying to get europe and the united states to show how powerful they are. you would notice, joy, they haven't beheaded any arabs or any muslims, but europeans and americans to get us and our juices flowing and they will show how 30 or 50,000 of them can conquer the world. and if the congress is going to allow our men and women to be exposed and be placed in harm's way, as they are, because there are boots on the ground and there will be boots flying those airplanes over syria. then they should be prepared. one, to pay for it and, two, to have a draft so that all of us have some skin in the game and recognize the sacrifices we have to make. >> but congressman, one push back on that would be now you've seen in algeria, a tourist, someone that was hiking, had
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been to morocco for 20 years doing these things, now a french tourists beheaded in algeria, not in the middle of the theater where isis is supposedly operating. you do have the threat that now you can have lone wolves answering the call from the so-called islamic state to wreak mayhem wherever they are and where they are could be the united states. isn't there an imperative for the u.s., particularly if we can get arab countries to go along, to do something before that happens. >> first of all, get arab countries to go along, they're the ones that are being threatened. they're the ones that these fa f fanatics believe. they're not following the doctrine in the koran. if you're talking about the loss of human life, just go to chicago. what are we talking about? of course, no one wants to see these things. it's horrific in what they're doing. but you tell me the connection between bombing people that we don't know, training rebels that we don't know anything about,
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are killing people in the middle east, how is that going to stop america from being threatened by people who would want to do us harm? that's a domestic problem. >> so, then given that case, and people can either, you know, agree or disagree with you on what we're doing in syria, but then why isn't the body that you work in, sir, why isn't the house of representatives, you know, instead of being on re-elect in washington, having the debate you and i are having right now? >> you're darn right. last week i was the only member on the floor. part of this debate. and i couldn't believe it. i reached a conclusion, however, that there's probably absolutely nothing that a member would do to interrupt his ability to get re-elected. and for the congress to allow the president and especially republicans, to do his own thing on the question of peace and war.
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and to not have that debated in congress, of course i may be wrong. it should be the american people who would say, that there is a threat. we have to be involved. we don't have to go through united nations. we don't have to go through nato. just go there and send our troops there. i don't think that would happen. but the truth of the matter is, is abundantly clear. the president said he didn't need a vote. and the congress said, the hell with it and went home. now, there may be something that happens between now and after the election but i do hope the first thing we do is to fine the question. is the president authorized to continue to send troops overseas, no matter how few? because we just lost 6500 deaths in afghanistan. and, two, is there a threat to our national security. these are basic questions.
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they're not republican or democratic questions. it's the constitution. >> yeah. well, hopefully the body you're working will come back and start taking up some of these issues. i want to also talk to you while i have you here about some legislation you actually have. you and about 100 of your colleagues have introduced and are supporting. it's called the water for the world act. you tell me about what that legislation is aiming to accomplish? >> this is an exciting opportunity for us with the support of the glob globalcitizens.com and organizations all over the world to show the importance that it is to have clean water. water to drink, water to wash themselves with, water to grow crops. and the problem that we have with human life is that if you don't have the problem, it is very difficult for you to react in a way that we should. there are people that are sick,
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dying, not productive. this costs economically. it costs -- sometimes it's the cause of war. but if we all get together under this legislation, and unify the work being done by our state department, by usaid that provides assistance to developing countries and come in with other private organizations, it doesn't cost any money to bring your resources together to see how can you purify water, how can you make safe drink water, how can you allow people to be able to use latrines in a sanitary and healthy way. so, they're having a big ball in central park. and you can go on the -- on your internet and it's glob globalcitizens.org. they'll show you ways that you can listen to some of the most exciting musicians in the world on september 27th. you get on line, find out what you have to do, earn yourself some tickets, have a ball and
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you're doing great for the world. >> congressman, are you going to come hear jay z with us? you going to listen to are jay z? >> you should be in new york, i should be in washington. but the congressional black caucus this saturday is having an annual fund-raiser foundation and i'm going to be down there in washington. hope to find you there tomorrow when i get there tomorrow. >> you know what, i'll report back on the jay z concert and you can report back to me on the party. >> you got a deal. >> thank you, congressman charlie rangel. you can find a photo essay about finding safe water in rwanda by going online to globalcitizen@msnbc.com. clean water is just one of the issues. can you join us this saturday when msnbc will serve as broadcast partner for the concert to end extreme poverty. featuring jay z, no doubt and a lot more. can you watch the live concert from central park starting at 3 p.m. eastern time right here on msnbc. we'll be right back. sfx: opening chimes sfx: ambient park noise, crane engine, music begins.
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welcome back. you are looking at a live shot of the united nations in new york city where any minute now president obama will lead a special meeting of the security council. earlier today the president made an impassioned pitch before the u.n. general assembly for the broadest possible coalition to degraitd grade and dismantle isis. chris jansing is back with you. i'm going to reemphasize this is only the second time a sitting president has chaired u.n. security council, president obama having done it twice. preview for us this meeting and the importance of it for the administration. >> the fact that he is chairing it tells you how important he thinks it is. it's about these foreign fighters. the folks who go toe syria, go to iraq and train, come back and pose a threat to the homeland. we've already seen that happen in europe. there's a growing concern about the possibility of a lone wolf here in the united states. he's going to lay out the problem. you're going to hear a lot of the same language you heard this morning in front of the entire
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u.n. general assembly, which is that we have this pervasive threat and it's a global threat that needs a global response. he's going to be calling on far more nations to make a commitment to do this. there's going to be a binding resolution that they will vote on that will have penalties, that will tell them they shouldn't do that, they shouldn't finance it. there's an expectation that that will pass. >> indeed. especially with what's happened now in algeria. i'm sure the french government will be paying very close attention. thank you very much, chris jansing. really appreciate it. >> good to see you. >> all right. great to see you, too. that wraps things up for "the reid report." i'll see you back here tomorrow from washington at 2 p.m. eastern. be sure to visit us online at thereidreport@msnbc.com. "the cycle" is up next. >> hi, joy. >> we're going to stay on the story, of course, looking at the president's big day at the u.n. we'll have live coverage leading
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up to his address and remarks there in chairing the security council meeting. we'll hear from two former presidential speechwriters from two administrations about that. a look at some of the foreign policy implications. at the end, if we have time, a fun little gaunt down to central park with ronan farrow to look at that big concert this weekend with jay z. >> wait. there's a concert in central park this weekend? what? yeah, we all know about that. "the cycle" is up next. boring. but with green giant's delicious seasonings and blends, we just may change their minds. ho ho ho green giant! beroccaaaaaaaaaaaa! [popping & fizzing sounds] support both mental sharpness and physical energy with berocca. proud sponsor of mind and body. i had tried to do it in the past.ng with chantix. i hadn't been successful. quitting smoking this time was different
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jam packed day here at new york with the world watching. as we come on the air, president obama is about to make some u.n. history and the stakes are high. isis now claims terrorists who back the group beheaded another western hostage. this time a french tourist. any moment now, as we've been reporting, the president will address the u.n. security council, trying to rally united nations against isis. he'll be the first commander in chief to chair that meeting on two occasions. the president wants the 15
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member nations there to pass a resolution requiring allies to patrol their borders and stem the flow of foreign fighters from joining groups like isis. >> the security council will adopt to counter violent extremism. the resolutions must be followed by tangible commitments. so, we're accountable when we fall short. >> that was the president this morning. in his annual address to the entire u.n. that hit on everything from russian aggression to ebola but the main focus was terror. >> the brutality of terrorists in syria and iraq forces us to look into the heart of darkness. we chose hope over fear. we see the future as something not out of our control but something we can shape. it is easy to see this as a distant problem when it's not. if we lift our eyes beyond our borders, ifth

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