According to the Associated Press on Wednesday, Obama and the United States military have concluded an investigation that show the Syrian government is responsible for the chemical attack on its people.
Last week, the Syrian government is believed to have killed hundreds of civilians in a chemical attack on the Sunni-majority suburbs of the capital, Damascus, violating international law and crossing what the Obama administration has called a “red line.”
Obama did not present any direct evidence to back up his assertions and did say he is still evaluating options for possible military retaliation, but vowed that any American response would send a "strong signal" to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The Obama administration said Wednesday it would take action against the Syrian government even without the backing of allies or the United Nations because diplomatic paralysis must not prevent a response to the alleged chemical weapons attack outside the Syrian capital last week.
However, Russia and China, which have veto power, have warned the United States not to bypass the U.N. and strike Syria. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said U.N. inspectors need more time to assess whether the forces of Syrian leader Bashar Assad used poison gas in an attack last week that opposition groups say left hundreds of civilians dead.
New requests for the United Nations to authorize military action in Syria may have complicated the Obama administration's plan to take retaliatory action on the purported poison gas attack east of Damascus that U.S. officials claim was carried out by President Bashar Assad's forces.