At 2:02 p.m. EST, President Obama laid out the case for a targeted military action against Syrian regime targets as a result of their use of chemical weapons that killed over one thousand people-including hundreds of children. The President made it clear that there will be no American troops on the ground.
Vice-President Biden stood by the President’s side on The White House lawn, as he made the announcement that he will take this decision to Congress. The President released his decision based upon the intelligence received and 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.” He noted that the world can plainly see hospitals overflowing with victims.
President Obama made it clear that this would not be an open ended intervention. He stated that after careful deliberation, the United States should take action against Syrian regime and hold them accountable for their actions of chemical weapons against unarmed citizens.
The President made it clear that consultation with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he was told that we are prepared at any time to strike. It did not need to be today or tomorrow, but when the President issued the order.
“I’ve long believed that our power is rooted not just in our military might, but in our example as a government of the people, by the people and for the people. And that’s why I’ve made a second decision: I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress.”
The Congress will be asked to discuss and vote on this matter as they open the session of Congress this week. It is a matter of national security.
The President declared support for the Syrian people at a time of opposition against the Assad regime. He stated that, “we are the United States of America, and we cannot turn a blind eye to what happened in Damascus.”