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Obama Will Seek Congress' OK Before Military Strike on Syria
WASHINGTON D.C. (CBS 2/FOX 28) - President Barack Obama says he's decided the U.S. should take miliarly action against Syria in response to chemical attacks there, but will seek Congressional authorization first.
In a Saturday afternoon, nationally televised statement, the president said he's confident in the intelligence gathered by the US that more than 1,400 people, including hundreds of children, were gassed by their own government.
Obama called it a "mockery" of international condemnation of the use of chemical weapons.
Obama says he has decided the should take military action to punish the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, but there is no time table for that attack.
Obama says that after meeting with the leaders of both major political parties from both the House and Senate Saturday morning, that he has decided to seek an authorization vote for military action from Congress first.
Congress is currently on recess, and leaders of the two chambers will have to recall the nation's elected political leaders back to Washington for the debate and vote.
The president also noted, "I know well, we are weary of war and we cannot resolve th eproblem in Syria, and we won't put our troops in th emiddle of someone else's war."
"But", he continued, "we are the United States of America and we cannot and must not turn a blnd eye to the atrocities in Damascus which make a mockery of the international prohibition of chemical weapons."
Obama also encouraged Congress to approve the strikes, and "send a message to the world that might does not make right."