In his weekly address released by the White House on Saturday U.S. President Barack Obama reiterated the need for the United States to take limited military action against Syria for that country’s use of chemical weapons on its own people, though he emphasized that action would be limited with “no American boots on the ground.”
According to President Obama the objective of the strike would be not only to dissuade Syrian President Assad from using chemical weapons on his own people but also to diminish Syria’s capability to use those weapons altogether.
The President remarked that the United States must stand against the use of such weapons. Inaction, he argued, would only open the door for future use of such weapons by Syria, other nations or even terrorist groups who may have no hesitation of using such weapons against the United States.
However, acknowledging that Americans are both wary and weary of war, he stated, “What we’re talking about is not an open-ended intervention. This would not be another Iraq or Afghanistan. There would be no American boots on the ground. Any action we take would be limited, both in time and scope – designed to deter the Syrian government from gassing its own people again and degrade its ability to do so.”
President Obama has requested from Congress authorization for the use of military force on Syria and he is planning to present the issue to the American people on Tuesday most likely prior to final congressional votes. Congress will start back in full session on Monday and is expected to address the issue quickly with the final outcome of the vote still unknown.
Last week the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees announced that over two million Syrian refugees have fled the country seeking shelter in nearby countries and another 4.25 million Syrians are homeless within the country’s borders.