A military strike on Syria “would serve U.S. national security interests,” says Obama. "If we are saying in a clear and decisive but very limited way, we send a shot across the bow saying, 'Stop doing this,' this can have a positive impact on our national security over the long term," said Obama in a televised "PBS Newshour" interview according to an Aug. 29, 2013, Reuters report.
"I have no interest in any open-ended conflict in Syria, but we do have to make sure that when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, that they are held accountable," said President Obama during the first five minutes of the full "PBS Newshour" interview.
Following the almost minute-by-minute live-streaming updates by The Wall Street Journal in regard to a potential military strike on Syria shows that the Obama administration is preparing to brief congressional leaders on its intelligence regarding Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons.
While British Prime Minister David Cameron’s presentation for a military strike on Syria is hitting a roadblock in Britain, he also says that a military intervention in Syria would be “a judgment call.”
To please public opinion, David Cameron says that it is “unthinkable" that Britain would launch a military strike on Syria if there was strong opposition at the United Nations Security Council.
However, those words come just as British jets deploy to Cyprus, and the British government claims early on Thursday morning that military action in Syria without UN approval was legal and justifiable.
“Military intervention to strike specific targets with the aim of deterring and disrupting further such attacks would be necessary and proportionate and therefore legally justifiable,” a copy of the British government legal position read according to an RT report.
“If action in the Security Council is blocked, the UK would still be permitted under international law to take exceptional measures in order to alleviate the scale of the overwhelming humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.”
With David Cameron citing humanitarianism and President Obama citing “U.S. national security interests,” it is hardly a question anymore if there will be a military strike on Syria -- but only when.