The United States will take military action against Syria, but only with Congressional approval.
That is according to the statements made by President Barack Obama from the White House yesterday. Obama, who also mentioned that he was mindful of being leader "of the world's oldest constitutional democracy" in addition to wearing the hat of "Commander-in-Chief," stated:
"Our intelligence shows the Assad regime and its forces preparing to use chemical weapons, launching rockets in the highly populated suburbs of Damascus, and acknowledging that a chemical weapons attack took place. And all of this corroborates what the world can plainly see -- hospitals overflowing with victims; terrible images of the dead. All told, well over 1,000 people were murdered. Several hundred of them were children -- young girls and boys gassed to death by their own government."
Further, he stated that the assault on the civilian population was "... an assault on human dignity. It also presents a serious danger to our national security. It risks making a mockery of the global prohibition on the use of chemical weapons. It endangers our friends and our partners along Syria’s borders, including Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq. It could lead to escalating use of chemical weapons, or their proliferation to terrorist groups who would do our people harm."
Secretary of State John Kerry, quoted today at Huffington Post, said there is evidence that sarin gas was used by Syria and this builds on the side of using a military attack in answer to the evidence.
Said Kerry, according to Foxnews:
“The fact is that yesterday, we have now learned that hair and blood samples that have come to us from east Damascus from individuals who were engaged as first responders, […] they have tested positive for signatures of sarin.”
The President's message from the White House clearly summed up his sentiment on the situation:
"In a world with many dangers, this menace must be confronted."
Obama also said that he has carefully made the decision:
"Now, after careful deliberation, I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets. This would not be an open-ended intervention. We would not put boots on the ground. Instead, our action would be designed to be limited in duration and scope. But I'm confident we can hold the Assad regime accountable for their use of chemical weapons, deter this kind of behavior, and degrade their capacity to carry it out."
Local KPBS San Diego station reported in June that the U.S. troops training in Jordan, participating in the military exercise Eager Lion, were ordered to leave behind a detachment of F-16s and U.S. Patriot missiles. This was at Jordan's request, according to the story, due to concern about the estimated 470,000 Syrian refugees in the country and Jordan's King Abdullah II 's concern that the violence in Syria will spill over.