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Nancy Pelosi blames Obama for Syria vote struggles

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President Obama needs to do more to sway public opinion in favor of a strike on Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad, according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

"I do think that it would be easier if there was a stronger case being made to the American people," Pelosi told the Los Angeles Times. "People have to really know more about why the president has made this decision."

Obama, who is Russia for the G20 summit, plans to deliver a national address Tuesday when he is back in the United States. In the meantime, even some longtime Obama allies oppose the idea of voting to authorize a military strike on Syria.

"There's no such thing as limited war," Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., told MSNBC's Martin Bashir on Thursday afternoon. "You cannot attack a country and then [set] the rules by which he or she may respond."

House leadership might not hold a vote on the Syria resolution if it appears doomed to fail, according to National Review's John Fund.

"Two new whip counts of House members by ABC News and the liberal Firedoglake web site show a majority of House members firmly or leaning against intervention," Fund writes. "The Washington Post’s more conservative count stands at 204 “no” votes, only 13 short of the majority needed to kill the president’s request."

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