Axelrod: Whatever Obama does on Syria, there will be critics

Sen. Tim KaineTim KaineThe Hill's 12:30 Report VA Dems jockey for Kaine's seat WikiLeaks posts vague warning shot at Kaine, Brazile MORE (D-Va.) told CNN on Thursday that the president should not launch a military attack "unless they know that they’ve got the full weight of our political leadership behind them, and the American public supports the mission.” 

Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulWhat the 'Bernie Sanders wing of the GOP' can teach Congress GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election How low is the bar for presidential candidates, anyway? MORE (R-Ky.) said the conflict in Syria "has no clear national security connection to the United States and victory by either side will not necessarily bring in to power people friendly to the United States" in a statement released Wednesday.

But other lawmakers have blasted the president for not doing more to intervene.

Sen. John McCainJohn McCainHigh anxiety for GOP Trump: 'Very disappointed' GOP senator dropped support GOP senator: I'd consider Clinton Supreme Court pick MORE (R-Ariz.) has said the type of limited military strike reportedly under consideration by the Obama administration wouldn't do enough to deter Assad from using chemical weapons again.

“They might do a strike and say, ‘See we punished them,’ but it won’t change the equation. I would expect Assad to continue to use these weapons,” McCain told The Daily Beast. “And other Assads around the world will now not hesitate to use these weapons and sooner or later they may be used against Americans.”