Reports have suggested that the White House preferred to wait until the U.N. contingent had departed Syria before launching any assault.
There was no official word early Saturday on any U.S. military action in Syria.
The White House has accused the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad of unleashing chemical weapons in an attack outside Damascus on Aug. 21 that killed hundreds. The government had denied any role in the incident and blamed it on opposition forces seeking to discredit the government and spur international intervention.
U.S. officials were reported to be considering launching a missile barrage against Syrian targets from warships in the eastern Mediterranean.
The Syrian government says it is ready to confront any direct U.S. strike.
(CNN) — U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday that the United States “should take military action against Syrian targets” over its alleged use of chemical weapons, but added that he will seek congressional authorization for the move.
In a televised address from the White House Rose Garden, the president appealed for congressional leaders to consider their responsibilities and values in debating U.S. military action over Syria’s alleged chemical weapons use. “Today I’m asking Congress to send a message to the world that we are united as one nation,” he said.
Obama said he had spoken with top congressional leaders, and that they had agreed to schedule a debate when Congress returns to Washington on September 9.
Obama’s remarks came shortly after U.N. inspectors left Syria carrying evidence that will determine whether chemical weapons were used in an attack last week in a Damascus suburb. SOURCE
Look I am not saying we need to go to war, but what I am saying is the President needs to stand behind his words. He must show strength no matter how uncomfortable it is for him to do so. The “RED LINE” has been crossed once and there was no action taken. Now it looks like, note I say “Looks Like” while Obama ahead of the findings says “We Have Proof” that chemical weapons were used again. If this is true why was he not immediately knocking on Congresses door for approval to take action. We are the most powerful nation on the face of this earth and our President is showing weakness by not holding Assad accountable. Today Syria and Iran now believe we are an impotent nation which has lost its will to to stand up for human rights around the world. Do we need to make a strike? Well that depends if we want to condemn the use of chemical weapons or condone it? One thing I do know is this President is being extremely naive or he is just plain ignorant about military action, but you do’t telegraph what you plan to do to the enemy and you don’t tell them how long they will be under fire. You hit hard and you leave them decimated as that is the way you deal with regimes like this. when you attack the snake you don’t attack the tail, you cut off its head.