Obama: Peaceful solution to Syrian threats preferred

Expected to explain differences from Iraq action

President Obama addressed the nation on chemical weapons in Syria Tuesday night.

The nature of the discussion has changed significantly in the last day. Obama pursues a diplomatic proposal at the United Nations that has put military and congressional action on hold.

Obama said that the United States is not the world's police, but American ideals, principals and national security are at stake in Syria.

Obama said no ground troops will be deployed. There will be no open-ended action in Syria.

Obama said he asked Congress to postpone votes on Syria action to pursue diplomatic solution.

President Barack Obama says nobody disputes that chemical weapons were used in Syria. He says that use violates international law and poses, in his words, a "danger to our security."

Obama says the world saw thousands of videos, cellphone pictures and social media posts about the damage inflicted by the chemical weapons attack outside Damascus last month.

He says the U.S. knows that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime was responsible. He says Assad's forces prepared the attack in the days beforehand. He says they distributed gas masks to their personnel, then fired rockets into neighborhoods the regime was trying to rid of opposition forces.

Obama was initially expected to discuss a United States-led military action in Syria, an explain the differences between this strike and the Iraq War.

Secretary of State John Kerry said that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria could avert a strike if he turned over his chemical weapons stockpile to international control within a week, adding that such an outcome was unlikely. This unexpected, sudden proposal has gained wide support.

 

 

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