Lawmakers reject Kerry's argument via Twitter

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The White House on Friday made public its evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces used chemical weapons on civilians, with Secretary of State John Kerry laying out the administration's case for a military strike.

Kerry emphasized that, given the evidence, the international community has a moral responsibility to take action against the Assad regime.

Reps. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) and Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) immediately rejected Kerry's arguments in their tweets. 




“The American intelligence community has high confidence — high confidence. This is common sense. This is evidence. These are facts,” Kerry said. “So the primary question is really no longer what do we know? The question is, what are we — we collectively in the world — going to do about it?”

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said that questions remain, despite the release of the White House's assessment of Syrian chemical weapons use.

And Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) echoed Palazzo's call for Congress to have a vote before any U.S. military action.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) also tweeted his skepticism of whether a military strike would significantly change the momentum of the country's civil war.

Journalist Matt Yglesias linked the situation in Syria with the war in Iraq.

Blogger Erik Erickson corrected Kerry on one aspect of his speech in a snarky tweet.

Arianna Huffington criticized the debate over a hypothetical strike in Syria when the United States is already engaged in military strikes against other nations.

 Meanwhile, columnist David Rohde slammed Obama for not delivering the address himself.

--Megan Wilson and Rebecca Shabad contributed to this report.

--This report was updated at 4:00 p.m.