United States should take military action against Syria
Obama :”I hold authority to act on my own”- but wants debate on issue
U.S. intervention in Syria would not be open-ended and would not include U.S. ground troops
President Barack Obama says he has decided the United States should take military action against Syria for that government’s alleged use of chemical weapons, but that he will seek authorization from Congress for any use of force.
Obama said that while he holds authority to act on his own, he believes it is important for the country to have a debate on the issue. The President has been very conscious of how Iraq played out and the implications from that.
The president said the U.S. cannot and will not turn a “blind eye” to what happened in Damascus.
He said the Syrian government’s alleged attack has implications beyond chemical warfare.
“If we won’t enforce accountability in the face of this heinous act, what does it say about our resolve to stand up to others who flout fundamental international rules? To governments who choose to build nuclear arms? To terrorists who would spread biological weapons? To armies who carry out genocide?”
The president said any U.S. intervention in Syria would not be open-ended and would not include U.S. ground troops. Russia is deeply opposed to any military action against Syria.