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Two Decisions on Syria

by Damon Huss

On Saturday, President Barack Obama gave an address in the White House Rose Garden regarding Syria. Because of allegations that the Syrian government recently used deadly chemical weapons in that country’s civil war, perhaps killing as many as 1,400 Syrian civilians, President Obama announced two decisions.  First, he announced that he “decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets.”

On the heels of the UK House of Commons’ narrow vote not to execute military action against Syria, Pres. Obama announced a second decision:

But having made my decision as Commander-in-Chief based on what I am convinced is our national security interests, I’m also mindful that I’m the president of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy. I’ve long believed that our power is rooted not just in our military might, but in our example as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. And that’s why I’ve made a second decision: I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress.

View Pres. Obama’s address here: