U.S. contemplates response to Syria
Khorri Atkinson | 9/12/2013, 3:49 p.m.
Regardless, on Monday, he was still adamant that using the U.S. military was the solution.
“After careful deliberation, I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets. This would not be an open-ended intervention,” said Obama on Saturday. “Here’s my question for every member of Congress and every member of the global community: What message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price?”
Obama has received support from some members of Congress, including a few of his rivals. His remarks came after chemical weapons experts from the United Nations collected samples from last week’s alleged chemical weapons strike outside Damascus. The team left Syria for the Netherlands to test if chemical weapons were used at the attack near Damascus on Aug. 21, which U.S. intelligence reports say left 1,429 people dead, including 426 children. Published reports said the team has also taken blood and urine samples from victims and soil samples from areas where chemical attacks have been reported.
Last week, the British Parliament rejected Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposal for engaging in military action in Syria. After his defeat, Cameron told the press that he won’t proceed without parliamentary approval, and that his government “will act accordingly.”
As of last week, the U.S. had the support of France if they decided to take military action against Syria, while U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned the U.S. and France that any “punitive” action taken against Syria for an alleged chemical weapons attack last month would be illegal without the Security Council’s approval or a sound case for self-defense.