New overnight, ABC News reports Saturday, Sep. 7 that after difficult meetings with world leaders at G20 Summit in Russia, President Barack Obama arrives back home in the United States to face an uphill battle with Congress over his plans to strike Syria. His immediate agenda includes convincing a skeptical congress and nation of the necessity for U.S. engagement in a military strike on Syria.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D) Missouri, questioned those skeptics after a town hall meeting in Kansas City, “What would I be saying, and what would I be doing, if George Bush were in the White House?” The congressman had just faced a barrage of questions from voters in his district. He concluded with, “What’s right should be right, no matter who sleeps in the White House,” he told ABC News.
American civilians hear and imagine threats to civilians in Syria. A trolling of social media Saturday morning garnered such misinformation as,
“Ok be outraged-that's good. But US wants us to ok use of bombs on civilians!”
The president has set the targets as the regime’s chemical weaponry sites. They have not noted the president thinks and re-thinks an issue before taking a definitive stance and acting. To convince the nation and Congress, the president made an impassioned plea in his weekly address Saturday morning, “But we are the United States of America. We cannot turn a blind eye to images like the ones we've seen out of Syria.”
President Obama earnestly implored the country and lawmakers to consider the implications to the United States and the world if we were to ignore such a blatant act as the Assad regime’s massacre of its own citizens, “This was not only a direct attack on human dignity. It’s a serious threat to our national security. Failing to respond to this outrageous attack would increase the risk that chemical weapons could be used, again ... That they would fall into the hands of terrorists who might use them against us. And, it would send a horrible signal to other nations that there would be no consequences for their use of these weapons.”
The president returned home from the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg without international support of allied nations. Currently, only France has pledge to stand with the U.S. and the U.K. is still undecided. The president admitted, “I knew this was going to be a heavy lift.”
The president’s cabinet and advisors still work to convince Congress to sign off on the military strike. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton before a meeting of EU ministers of foreign affairs at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius. Vice President Joe Biden will have senators for dinner and the president will make a national address on Tuesday. “I did not put this before Congress just as a political ploy or as symbolism,” said an exasperated President Obama.
Reuters asserted on Saturday, Sep 7, “The European Union on Saturday laid the blame for an August chemical attack in Syria on the government of President Bashar al-Assad, but stopped short of explicitly supporting a military response by the West.”