SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (wggb) – In a statement made this afternoon President Obama confirmed he does support and is prepared to take military action against the Assad regime in Syria. He stated that the attack against Syrian civilians on August 21st was “the worst chemical weapons attack in history”.
Obama also stated that intelligence that was gathered supported the fact that Syria’s Assad regime planned for and acknowledged that a chemical weapons attack had occurred. He noted that the attack posed a serious danger to both national security and could lead to the escalating use of chemical weapons. He also reiterated the fact that any military action taken by the United States would not involve any boots on the ground and would not be an extended action.
Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey has assured the President that they are prepared for a strike and that the issue is not time sensitive.
While the President has decided that the country needs to take military action he does plan to seek authority for that action from Congress. He stated that as soon as they were back in session there would be a debate and then a vote on the matter saying that while he believes he has the authority to make the decision himself, he thinks that the country will be stronger if there is a vote from the people’s representatives.
In regards to the views of the people President Obama also acknowledged the views of those calling for caution but asked what message it would send if we allowed a country to gas hundreds of children to death in broad daylight without any repercussions.
Obama stated “I know we are wary of war,” but assured that he is not contemplating putting our troops in the middle of someone else’s conflict. But he says, ” we cannot and must not turn a blind eye on what happened in Damascus.”
He also made a plea to the members of Congress, stating that some things are more important than bipartisanship and that it was time to show the world that we as a country stick to our commitments.
The Obama Administration has been considering possible military action after Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government carried out an alleged chemical weapons attack against it’s own citizens. According to the U.S. last weeks attack killed 1,400 Syrians, over 400 of them children.