Obama Reviews Syrian Government's Use of Chemical Weapons

The president meets with his national security team about US intervention in war torn country.
1:57 | 08/25/13

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Now president obama wrestling with how involved the united states should get in the middle east. There are fresh reports that the syrian government used chemical weapons ones it own people. Let's bring in george karl, john is in washington this morning. What are the options that the administration are considering here? Well, it all comes down to air strikes against the syrian government. Possible air strikes against airfields, against military headquarters. But there is a divide in the administration about how forcefully to respond. One thing not on the table is sending in ground forces. This is an air attack to send a message this is unacceptable and degrade their ability to do it again. We remember this president was very, very critical of the last president, george w. Bush for taking action without u.N. Approval in iraq. Would he work unilaterally without u.N. Approval? That's a big question and hotly debated in the white house is what to do in terms of the united states. Russia has a veto at the u.N. Russia has blocked any measures to punish syria up to this time. There is consideration of trying to go back to the u.N., Trying to convince the russians that syria crossed a line here, but that is highly unlikely that russia would go along. In the event they don't, I am told by senior officials that the u.S. Would not go alone. This would have to be a coalition effort, if not with the u.N., With other al eyes, nato and others. President obama's aids with a former complicate, this is a problem from hell. He will be more on "this week." All right, dan, turn now to the devastating diagnoses that silenced linda ronstadt.

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