America's Case to Strike Syria

President Obama discusses the merits of military action against Assad's regime.
2:49 | 09/07/13

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Almost three weeks ago and Syria more than -- thousand innocent people. Including hundreds of children. Were murdered in the worst chemical weapons attack of the 20%. And the United States has presented a powerful case to the world that the Syrian government was responsible for this horrific attack on its own people. This was not only a direct attack on human dignity. It's a serious threat to our national secure. There's a reason governments represented 98% of the world's people have agreed to ban the use of chemical weapons. Not only because they caused death and destruction in the most indiscriminate and inhumane way possible. -- because they can also fall into the hands of terrorist groups who wish to do us harm. That's why last week and I announced that as commander in chief. I decided that the United States should take military action against the Syrian regime. This is not decision I made -- Deciding to use military force is the most solemn decision we can make as a nation. As the leader of the world's oldest constitutional democracy. I also know that our country will be stronger if we act together. And her actions will be more effective. That's why I asked members of congress to debate this issue and vote on authorizing the use of force. What we're not talking about -- an open ended intervention. This would not be another Iraq or Afghanistan. There would be no American boots on the ground. Any action we take would be limited both in time and scope. Designed to deter the Syrian government from guessing its own people again and degrade its ability to do so. I -- that the American people are weary after a decade of war even as the war in Iraq presented and the war in Afghanistan is winding down. That's why we're not putting our troops in the middle of somebody else's war. But we are the United States of America. We cannot turn a blind direct images like the ones we've seen -- Failing to respond to this outrageous attack would increase the risk that chemical weapons could be used to get. They would fall into the hands of terrorists who might use them against us. And it would send a horrible signal to other nations that there would be no consequences. For their use of these weapons. All of which would pose a serious threat to our national -- That's why we can't ignore chemical weapons attacks like this. Even if they happen halfway around the world. That's why I call on members of congress from both parties to come together and stand up for the kind of world we want to live. The kind of world we want to leave our children and future generations.

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