By Adam Levine, CNN
Two different views emerged Sunday regarding how strong a hold Syria's president has on his regime.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the sanctions are "beginning to have an effect," though more sanctions need to be implemented by more countries. Clinton told our Jill Dougherty that individual sanctions are "beginning to really wake people up."
"They're looking around thinking, 'For the rest of my life I'm only gonna be able to maybe go to Iran?' That doesn't sound like a great idea," Clinton said in the interview.
But the head of the House Intelligence committee told CNN's Candy Crowley that there are no signs Bashar al-Assad's inner circle is "crumbling."
"Remember, they're having a lot of victory supported by external forces like Iran, like Russia. So they, in their minds, they - this is all a zero-sum game for them. They realize that," Rep. Mike Rogers said in the interview that aired Sunday on State of the Union.
"They don't think the world is coming?" asked Crowley.
"They really don't. They believe that they're winning ... we certainly believe that, through intelligence collection, they believe they're winning this," Rogers, a Republican congressman from Michigan, responded.
The ranking Democrat on the intelligence committee told Crowley in the same interview that Assad has ensured his inner circle is loyal.
"I think from the beginning that most of the leadership have been very loyal to Assad. But Assad makes sure that the way he runs his government, that he has people around him, including his representative to the United Nations, including the ambassador to the United States, that they are always focused on their plan, and that plan is to keep dominance over their people," said Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Maryland.
Clinton has said before there are signs of dissent with Syria's elite. Earlier this year, the secretary said, "People around Assad now who are beginning to hedge their bet." But U.S. intelligence officials did not see any fracturing, reported Barbara Starr and Jamie Crawford at the time