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just keep on trying, never give up. >> duck rode past cat. hello, cat, said duck. good evening. we begin with breaking news. the late maneuvering politically, diplomatically and militarily, what could be the final run-up to action against syria. by this time tomorrow night, u.n. inspectors will be out of the country and it's looking likely american cruise missiles might be on the way in. president obama might not have support of the u.n. security council or great britain or the american public, but he sounds like a man who has decided to act. >> we have consulted with allies, with congress, we've been in conversations with all the interested parties, and in
no event are we considering any kind of military action that would involve boots on the ground, that would involve a long-term campaign. but we are looking at the possibility of a limited, narrow act that would help make sure that not only syria, but others around the world understand that the international community cares about maintaining this chemical weapons ban. >> limited, narrow, no boots on the ground. that's what the president said. there is the capacity for more. pentagon correspondent barbara starr has learned that the landing ship "uss san antonio" is in the eastern mediterranean with 300 marines on board. the obama administration appears ready to order some kind of response and the facts on the ground will justify it. >> the american intelligence
community has high confidence, high confidence this is common sense. this is evidence. these are facts. so the primary question is really no longer what do we know? the question is what do we collectively, what are we in the world going to do about it. >> as to the intelligence, the white house put out a summary of it, including a death toll from last week's death toll. 1429 skilled they said. the report claims that u.s. spy agencies picked up preparations for it days before the attack and surveillance intercepted communication in the days after confirm chemical weapons were used. the u.n. inspections team leader is scheduled to brief the secretary-general of the u.n. tomorrow, but the full lab work
could take another two weeks. he spoke today with prime minister david cameron and winning support from france. the president did earn conditional support from turkey. the turkish prime minister saying any attack on syria should be aimed at driving the assad regime from power. let's start at the white house with jim acosta. what's the latest from there, jim? >> what i can tell you is that the president has nod meat a final decision on action against syria, but i talked to a white house official. they feel like they have made a strong case in the event the president calls for a military strike on syria, saying the administration is pleased with the response to that intelligence report on last
week's chemical weapons attack. the feeling inside the white house is they believe this presentation today "exceeded expectations," providing what they're calling a compelling tick tock on how the attack took place. it's starting to sound not a question of if but when. if official says everybody acknowledges the gravity of the situation. the president does not take this lightly, and even though they may have to be settling for the support of world leaders after this action is taken, this white house official that i talked to earlier said the president is still prepared to take unilateral action against syria. >> jim, there's some saying that the president's travel schedule could impact the window which military action could be ordered. how so? >> we understand that the u.n. expects their weapons inspectors to believe out of syria tomorrow morning. that opens up a potential window of opportunity for military action in syria because as
inspectors will be out of the country. the president goes to russia of all places on tuesday for the g-20 summit that's going to be hosted by vladamir putin, who has been somewhat of an adversary of this president. so there is a window of 48 to 72 hours for the president to take action, and all of the indications are, we're not hearing this from administration officials, but if you look at the rollout, it does feel at this point that action is imminent for this president, but again, they stay no final decision. >> is the white house still reaching out to members of congress to get them on board? >> the white house is saying that yes, those consultation also continue, but they feel like that those conversations have been had to their satisfaction, at least at this point. but you heard the president in the cabinet room earlier today. he was asked about two things that he's talked about in the paps. some of that should be required before military action.
he's probably not going to have international cooperation or congressional authorization. so this president is much going it alone, but it's his red line, he's going to enforce it. >> joining us now, fouad ajami, senior fellow at hoover institution, fran townsend who sits on the homeland security and cia ex-teshal advisory boards. christopher dicky, and gloria borger. fran, while the intelligence assessment doesn't provide anything like a smoking gun, we heard from kerry, they're staying hour high confidence assessment is the strongest position that the u.s. intelligence community can take short of confirmation. what exactly would a smoking gun look like? is a high confidence assessment enough? >> look, anderson, i have looked over several administrations at classified intelligence, and this is a compelling story. so i think that explains why you hear jim acosta saying, the
white house is pretty pleased. they're able to tell a story. they see the chemical weapons being mixed about three days out. they can then trace the rockets coming from assad regime controlled areas into 12 different opposition controlled and heavy areas. you know, none of these weapons fall where the regime actually is in control. they have open media, social media and open sources that tell you what the effects are shortly thereafter. this is a pretty compelling narrative. they have all sorts of intelligence and intercepts, as well as satellite. so they're feeling like they've made the best case they can make in terms of using the chemical weapons as the trigger for crossing the red line. >> fran, i guess there's some people who could be skeptical and said if they saw the intelligence about a planned attack, why not do something back then? a lot of this intelligence is not analyzed in real time, correct? >> that's right.
when you have all these sources, satellite and signals intelligence and human intelligence, that's got to be pulled together and often it takes a little bit of time to understand the picture, the connect the dots part that we always hear about. >> christopher, you were opposed to this action yesterday. anything you heard today change that? >> not really. i didn't really doubt that assad had used chemical weapons. i don't think that was a big question. i think we're play thing out a lot because of what happened with iraq, with the failure to find weapons of mass destruction there. but the problem is not whether he used them or not, the problem is will the kinds of actions that are being contemplated have the kind of effect that's being articulated by the administration. and that i still don't believe. >> a warning not across the bows? >> i think the important thing to remember about this situation is that assad has his back to the wall. this is a question of survival for him. he will use whatever means he
has at his disposal. the idea that you can warn him, we want you to tie your hand behind your back, not use chemical weapons because we think it's a bad thing, but you can go on fighting, this is nuts. he's going to use everything in his disposal every chance he gets. in iraq, one of the things that was weird about the iraq war is that at the end of it, we spent so much time and money looking for weapons of mass destruction. if saddam had had them, he would have used them. that's what assad is doing. >> anything you hear today change your mind? >> oh, no. i have been relentless on this question of syria that we needed to do -- we needed to intervene and we needed to save the city and people. i have not changed my mind that this intervention that's contemplated by the president will not get the job done. indeed, yourself were quoting a very important ally for president obama, and that's the turkish prime minister. he has just issued a very
important statement. he shares 550 mile border with syria. he is committed to the overthrow of assad, and he regionally has always been barack obama's most reliable and trusted ally. what does he say now? he says, cruise missiles will not work. we need a campaign. what example did he use? kosovo. we need a kosovo-like operation, and the aim of this campaign should be the overthrow of bashar al assad. that will be the way they view it in that region, and that region around assad, you don't shoot to wound, you shoot to kill. you shoot to kill. i think president obama wants to shoot bashar and he wants to wound him. >> you said last night, there are no good options. >> no, none. our reputation as a country is implicated. the reputation and credibility of our president is on the line. and we have to do it. we have to go with the
president. it's his call. it's his call. >> christopher, you're skeptical of this whole idea that the credibility is on the line, and this is something the president has to do to maintain credibility. >> i'm skeptical of the idea that this kind of attack is going to restore or protect his credibility. in fact, it can destroy it. if they carry out the kind of thing they are talking about, this limited, tailored attack, and assad stays in power and the war goes on, how does that ensure that he keeps his credibility? i don't see it. faoud is talking about turkey. why are the turks telling us we have to carry out this campaign when they have an army with 400,000 soldiers in it? they're a nato power. they have enormous resources. if they really think you have to do something to change the regime in syria, let them participate in a way that they're not volunteering to do. >> i got a lot of e-mails from people saying why should the
u.s. be the one always having to do this? >> it's the fate of a great power. we are the organizer of world order. we provide world order. we protect world order. chris is right, the case of the turks, they could do more. they would do more, but they would follow american leadership. so would the saudis and jordanians. it is the burden of america. the american peace is what keeps this world in tact. if the united states doesn't do it, no one else will. there's something else about the obama predicament now. he finds himself alone, but you know what, anderson? he's been a man alone from the very beginning, from the very beginning. he sought no alliances. he's not really close to the leaders. he's always been a solitary figure in the world, and he prided himself on that, and now he finds himself without allies. >> a majority of americans
oppose military action. does that hold any weight with this administration? my leader will say they don't listen to polls but often they do. >> right. i think what they see in these polls that the american public would like to hear before military action that the congress and the president are on the same stage, even though they hold the congress in very low esteem. but when push comes to shove, this administration did not ask for the congress to come back. they did not want a vote before the congress, because there was the distinct possibility, anderson, that if the congress were to vote on military action, it would not have approved it. so now you have a president who, in his past life, has said, for example, when bush reauthorized the war in iraq that there needed to be a vote on it, now he finds himself isolated to a degree, and he's dealing with the same kind of post-iraq skepticism that he helped to create when he was a senator,
and when he was a candidate for president. >> for both of you, does it seem odd to you the way that this has kind of been so publicly debated by this president or talked about without any action being taken? >> telegraph to assad, hey, your regime is in tact, we're not going to do anything, we don't intend to do regime change. >> the message is to assad, just hunger down, you'll live through it. >> he doesn't care about the fate of his people. we have seen what he does t to his people. it's about the survival of his own regime. what we've done ahead of the campaign is to tell him, this campaign does not intend to overthrow you. >> well, there's one thing that sort of nags at my thinking about this, and it's an interview i did with barack, former defense minister of israel a few months ago.
talking about iran, he was saying one reason the israelis calmed down about iran is they were convinced by the administration, by the u.s. administration that it had a lot of scalpels it could use. they're convinced it has some kind of technology and edge that it can use that is like things we haven't seen before. maybe, conceivably we'll see that kind of approach. as it is, if you've ever been on the ground in any of these bombing operations, these modern bombing operations, it is pretty amazing. they're incredibly accurate. but we come back to the question again and again, if we're not going to attack the actual arsenal of chemical weapons, what is it we think we're going to do? >> we'll continue the conversation after the break. we'll talk about how a military strike might unfold. we'll talk about this on twitter during the commercial break. fresh outrage how a judge
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series of events that kick in. what can we say about it? >> reporter: there is indeed. it's called an execute order. that's what everyone is waiting for, for the president to sign and issue that order. when it comes from the president, it will come here to the pentagon to defense secretary chuck hagel, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and then go out to the fleet. there are five u.s. navy warships with those tomahawk cruise missiles. they will receive the woorder a execute it. they will strike a series of targets, if ordered. this is all very much already in place. as i say, it simply awaits the president's orders at this point. >> do you know how long from the time that execute order is given to missiles going out is? >> that's an interesting
question. the tomahawk missiles are programmed with g.p.s. coordinated guided by the satellite to the very precise target they're intended to hit. that's why everybody talks about it as a precision weapon. some are already programmed, we believe. some may be reprogrammed. the targets may be updated along the way. that's what some of our military sources are telling us tonight. so it's a little bit unclear exactly how long it will take, but it will happen we're told very quickly once the order comes. we've seen, is there usually a - first round, and then they kind of assess damage and assess where things are and then continuing rounds? >> i think that's probably a good bet as to how this will unfold essentially. you will see a first round of attacks. then they'll conduct what they call bomb damage assessment. they'll send satellites overhead, gather whatever intelligence they can over the next couple of days after the first round of attacks, see if they achieved their objectives.
frankly, did they get everything they wanted to get. did they destroy everything they wanted to destroy on the target list. and if necessary, and if approved, they will come back with a second round of attacks, just as you said, anderson. we've seen this many times before. >> barbara, appreciate it. thanks for the reporting. back with our panel now. general, let me start with you. if the goal is to kind of prevent further use, but you're not striking the actual chemical sites, what do you actually target? >> i don't know that i've heard anybody say from the administration that they will not target chemical sites. certainly, within -- >> you can do that? >> within the u.s. arsenal, we have the capability. it is not employed as a result of cruise missiles. that doesn't do the job. what does the job is what's called a fuel air explosive or thermal baric bomb released by
fixed wing aircraft. so the scenario you just described, which is cruise missiles take out the integrated air defenses, the command and control, takes out the delivery systems, in other words, blinds assad's ability to react. we then execute battle damage assessment. then restrike the targets with cruise missiles. once that functionality has been decreased, then in a decision is made, launch aircraft to go after the chemical sites that are known. the concern is, where are the chemical munitions right now? they probably are not all in the predesignated sites. they probably have been disbursed. >> general, if the u.s. decided they wanted to wipe out the air force of syria, is that possible? is it a huge air force? >> it's certainly possible, absolutely. i would suggest that assad, and i have no access to classified
cables, but assad has probably already disbursed his aircraft. they might even be in iran right now. >> it does look like the window for any kind of action is now. >> it's imminent. it's imminent. even if we don't support the president, even if we don't like the way he did it, even if we have all kinds of ideas about his conduct the last 2 1/2 years, i think it's very interesting when you take a look at the president and his chief lieutenant in this war, in this effort, and that's secretary kerry. secretary kerry has been very moving recently. he's spoken of the morality of this issue in a very gripping terms. but there's something very interesting, this is penance for him. because john kerry, in 2009 and 2010, was the pointman for the administration's courtship of bashar assad. the administration, the obama
administration came in and said, bashar is a reformer. he likes the music of phil collins. he lived in england. and the on-- so we courted bash for two years. and when the rebellion broke out in march of 20 11, we took our time before we said this man has to leave, before we understood what he is about. >> you have no doubt, though, that any chemical weapons attack that took place was not a rogue element in the regime, that anything that's done is the result of bashar al assad? >> i'll give you a good arabic expression, not a bird could fly in syria without assad or his family or brother knowing. this man controls the means of destruction. this is his country. he owns it. his father gave it to him. and remember, his father's name
hafes. and in his own mind, he would see him bequeathing the country to his son. everything in syria depends on the will of assad. >> fran, what goes into the thinking on a timetable like this? obviously a lot goes into it, and is it strange in your opinion to kind of have this public debate where it's been telegraphed, well, you don't want -- this is not regime change, this is just a shot across the bow. is that odd to you? >> it's odd to me that you would say up front, before you've even begun a campaign, what you're not going to achieve and what you're not going to do. why signal that to your enemies? besides, the battle plan that barbara described, the battle operation, you want to take an assessment, have you been successful, do you want to go back and strike? in advance of this, you want to leave yourself opportunity. you want to leave yourself freedom of action. the other thing is, look, the president has, because of his own view of the iraq war, his
own votes, and public statements, i think he didn't want to be seen as acting and then announcing to the nation something that has taken place. so he's been very public about coordinating with congress, reaching out to allies multiple times. he's had multiple conversations with other foreign leaders. so he's constrained politically how he acts by his own history. >> we'll have more with our panel after the break. and growing calls for a montana judge to resign over his handling a rape case. the sentence he gave the rapist is barely punishment at all. we'll be right back. but she loved it so much... i told her it was homemade. everyone tells a little white lie now and then. but now she wants my recipe [ clears his throat ] [ softly ] she's right behind me isn't she? [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. like carpools... polly wants to know if we can pick her up. yeah, we can make room. yeah. [ male announcer ] ...office space. yes, we're loving this communal seating. it's great.
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tonight, president obama may be on the verge of ordering a military strike against the assad regime in syria. back with our panel now. just in the few minutes we have left on this topic, general marks, what are you going to be looking for over the next 24, 48 hours, what are you going to be watching in this strike? >> primarily what i would be most interested in is what assad is doing. we've given him ample time to prepare himself for this inevitable strike, which means he's probably going to go to black. he's going to turn off his systems that emanate his command and control capabilities. he will, in fact, do what i call a rope-a-dope. he'll take the blow rather than present targets that we can go after. fixed targets we will attack and
he'll do his best to make sure that the international community will see the damage that we're causing. to it will become a humanitarian issue and the issue of the chemical strikes will essentially disappear. >> christopher, you see a concern about a widening of this? >> i think what almost always has happened in the past, whether we were going after norwiega or saddam or gadhafi in the '80s, you start out with these isolated actions, these limited actions. then there's a response. you say there's a terrorist response, then there's another one. and it keeps ratcheting up on both sides until you have in libya for instance the bombing of tripoli and benghazi in '86. you have the invasion of panama. they start out with little events and become big events. >> i'll tell you what i would like to see and i would be looking for. i would like to see the arabs do the right thing. i would like to see them celebrate, if you will, what
american power is doing to this brutal man. i don't want to see the arabs doing the usual thing, hide, duck, and say oh, this is an american invasion of an arab country. they need to disown bashar, because that's the beginning of redemption for them. >> fran, what are you going to be watching for? >> we have to be careful to watch for retaliation. that is, what will assad do? will he take action against his own people? will he release additional chemical weapons? what horror will he visit on the syrian people? >> thank you all. coming up, calls for a montana judge to resign after he sentenced a teacher to 30 days after raping his 14-year-old student. what he's saying now, next. former nfl player aaron hernandez was in court today. what's next for him, coming up. ♪ of craving something that i can't have ♪
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welcome back. in "crime and punishment" tonight, the rape sentence in montana that has calls for a judge to resign. how did the teacher get sentenced to just 30 days in jail after he admitted to repeatedly raping a student? he was 49 at the time, she was 14. and why would a judge say that the victim seemed older than 14 and that she was as much in control of the situation as he said the adult authority figure who raped her? the victim has committed suicide, and now prosecutors are looking for a way to fight the sent tense. randi kaye reports. >> reporter: it all began in 2007, when this montana high school teacher raped sha reese morales. then a 14-year-old student. teacher stacey rambold, who was 49, was charged the following
year with three counts of sexual intercourse without consent. what happened next was even more tragic. just before her 17th birthday in 2010, shareece morales took her own life. a mother lost her daughter, and prosecutors lost their star witness. so prosecutors cut a deal. they would forego jail time if he admitted to one of the rape charges, completed a sex offender program, and avoided any unsupervised contact with mi minors. but rambold has unsupervised contact with minors, so prosecutors refiled rape charges against him. r rambold was in court for sentencing on monday.
judge baugh shocked the courtroom when he ordered rambold to serve 15 years, with all but 30 days suspended. rambold sentenced to one month in jail. shareece's mother wanted justice. she blames rambold for her suicide. the judge made matters worse when explaining his reasoning, saying morales was "as much in control of the situation as the teacher." judge baugh also said the girl seemed older than her chronological age. >> chronological age? who is he to decide that she's older than her chronological age? she was 14 chronologically, and that's what is relevant. >> two days later, the judge apologized. >> i'm not sure just what i was attempting to say at that point, but it didn't come out correct. what i said was demeaning to all
women, not what i believe in, and irrelevant to the sentencing. i owe all our fellow citizens an apology. >> reporter: it was too late. outrage reverberate on social media. and billings became ground zero for protests against the judge. >> our community will not stand for victim blaming language anymore. >> reporter: this protest organizer started a moveon.org petition, calling for the judge to step down. tens of thousands have signed it in support. >> he is a person who fails so deeply to understand the experience of victims. we feel that he ought to step down from his position. >> reporter: montana's national organization for women agrees. >> i want justice. i want the judge removed. and i want the sent tense changed. >> reporter: judge baugh said the anger following the sentencing is perfectly
understandable, indicating he has no plans to step down. he intends to stay on the bench until at least next year, when his term ends. randi kaye, cnn, new york. >> joining me now is mark geragos. explain to me how a former teacher, who admitted raping a 14-year-old student and violated a plea agreement is sentenced to 15 years but only has to serve 30 days in jail? >> the thing that's amazing to me about this case is i understand completely, and i'm onboard with everybody getting upset about what the judge said, even the judge has conceded that what he said, you know, was almost nonsensical. what i don't understand is nobody kind of rewinds this to the original plea agreement. randi just talked about it.
the original plea agreement that he got for the same activity was no jailtime, absolutely none. so i don't understand why people aren't protesting and ask that the prosecutor resign along with the judge, because if the activity of raping, and understand what this judge said was, well, it wasn't enforceable, bla, bla, bla, she had this chronological age, all of that is nonsense when you're below the age of consent. but the fact remains, the original plea bargain by the prosecutor, which the prosecutor presented to this judge was no jailtime, zip. only because this guy violated the plea agreement, got terminated from the program did the judge end up giving him 30 days to begin with. >> how does that happen? how does that plea agreement -- how do prosecutors think that's a good idea? is it just not getting it? >> no. i think what happens here is, ultimately when she commits suicide, you know, this poor
girl, the prosecutors understand at that point, and i don't know about the exact nuances, but if they did not have her testimony preserved, she's dead. they can't get that statement in to be subject to cross-examination. so therefore, their case falls apart. so rather than just dismiss, they stay okay, take a deal. we'll let you do no jailtime. well, that sets it up for what this judge did. because when the prosecutors telegraph to the judge we don't think this case is worth very much, he violates the plea agreement, the judge says now i'm going to give him jail time, it's like they set the bar so low. >> defending his sentence, he said that the rape wasn't "some violent, forceable, horrible rape," it's unbelievable. >> well, this's -- yeah, that's just unbelievable. anybody who has got a daughter, you know, that's enough for you
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welcome back. public school kids returned to the classroom in chicago, for many that meant going to a different school because dozens were closed after last term. the city has a program in place to keep kids safe, but many parents don't think it's enough. >> reporter: the first week of school and sidewalks are busy again in chicago with kids headed to class, but some are stepping out of their comfort zones this year. >> well, this particular route here, it's a high crime area. >> reporter: vickie's kids are among the more than 12,000 students who will be attending
new schools this year because of budget cuts but they'll have to walk through some of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods. the solution, the safe passage program. >> just days ago five people got shot, one died. the folks were getting a meal. they were picking up meal at the time of the shooting. >> reporter: this is the route that your kids will walk to school on? >> this is the route that they claim would be a safe zone for my kids to walk to school. do i feel this is a safe zone? i don't. i don't. i don't feel this is a safe zone, the best route for my children to take. >> reporter: saturday, a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed a block away from a safe passage route and in the past few days there have been more shootings on or near safe passage routes. >> we're not in afghanistan or iraq, but kids call chicago
chiraq. >> reporter: what do you tell parents that worry about their kids going on new routes to different schools? >> i tell them that you see these vests? they're going to be on every route. they'll see us every morning and evening. >> reporter: safe passage started as a result of a fatal beating of darien albert in 2009 as he made his way home from school. this year, the program was forced to expand you to the closure of 50 schools. the nearly $16 million program has doubled routes and staff. 1200 workers lined the routes this week, armed with only vests and cell phones, their job is to ensure that students get to and from school safety. officials make the point that all the shootings have happened during nonschool hours and that no child has been hurt or killed
since that program started. but all the violence lately has given some parents reason to worry. >> i think all of this is just for them to fend that they closed 50 schools. >> reporter: she took matters into her own hands, mapping out a different route. but getting to and from the new school she knows can be a gamble. george howell, cnn, chicago. >> just getting to school. randi kaye joins us now. a georgia jury has found an 18-year-old man guilty of murder for shooting and killing a 13-month-old baby during a march robbery. he could face life in prison. a judge announced that aaron hernandez will be arraigned next friday on murder charges. he's accused of killing odon lloyd back in june. north korea withdrew its invitation for a u.s. official
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time now for the "ridicu-list." tonight i'm going to ask you to pond ear question. if you could only have one of the five senses, which one would you choose? perhaps you're leaning forwards hearing so you could enjoy music and the laughter of children. you're wrong. there's only one correct answer and it comes from the deep well spring from the interview portion of a beauty pageant. listen and learn from a contestant in the philippines. >> if i were to pick out of five senses, i would pick seeing. because seeing is the best thence that we can ever see, because seeing is believing. and believing into what you see
is perfect. and out of all the senses, seeing would really -- be wonderful. thank you. that will be it. >> you have to admit, it's hard to argue with her logic. who among you would dispute that seeing is the best sense that we can ever see? i feel like these beauty pageant interviews represent an untapped resource. when miss utah was asked about women earning less about men. >> we can relate this back to education, and how we are continuing to try to strive to figure out how to create jobs right now that. is the biggest problem. i think especially the men are seen as the leaders of this, so
we need to try to figure out how to create education better so that we can solve this problem. thank you. >> type, fine. create education better. teachers in america, you have your new slogan. and then misteen south carolina, why can't a fifth of americans find the united states of america on a map? >> i personally believe that u.s. americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don't have maps. and i believe that our education, like such as in south africa and iraq, every like such as, and i believe that they should -- our education over here in the u.s. should help the u.s. -- or should help south africa and should help iraq and the asian countries so we can build up our future. >> thank you very much.
>> still hurts. some they cringe, but i say look deeper 689 that's right, look beyond the gounls and crowns. grab a fork and pick through that word salad and you'll always find the croutons of wisdom on the "ridicu-list." thanks for watching. this is cnn breaking news. we want to welcome our cnn viewers in the united states and around the world. tonight, there is breaking news on the showdown with syria. president obama making the case for a possible military strike. he says there's clear proof the regime was behind the use of deadly chemical weapons. . the president has not made a final decision on military options but appears to be moving closer to using force. >> in no event are we considering any military action that would involve