Obama: US has obligation as world leader to act

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says he hasn't made a final decision about a military strike against Syria. But he says he's considering a limited and narrow action in response to a chemical weapons attack that he says Syria's government carried out last week.

Obama says that attack was a challenge to the world and threatens U.S. national security.

President Obama says he recognizes the world and the U.S. are war-weary in the face of potential military action against Syria.

But he says the United States has an obligation "as a leader in the world" to hold countries accountable if they violate international norms.

Obama says he has strong preference for multilateral action. But he says, quote, "we don't want the world to be paralyzed."

Regarding the U.N., Obama says, quote, "there is an incapacity for the Security Council to move forward."

Despite a vote in Britain against taking action in Syria, Obama indicates that France is with him.

Obama's comments came as his administration made its intelligence case against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad for a chemical attack against civilians earlier this month.

The U.S. says the attack killed more than 1,400 people.

Obama spoke before meeting at the White House with three Baltic leaders.


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