President Obama: Public Is Skeptical On Syria Action

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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September 6, 2013

President Barack Obama says he understand the American public's deep skepticism about launching military action against Syria. But he says he is confident he can persuade Americans that the use of
chemical weapons in Syria requires a military response.

President Obama says he needs to convince the nation that his plans would be "limited and proportional" and designed to uphold international norms. President Obama says a chemical attack in Syria last month was carried out by President Bashar Assad's military.

Seeking congressional authority to act, President Obama says the U.S. experience with Iraq and a decade of war has made the public wary, especially within his own Democratic Party.

He says, quote, "I trust my constituents want me to offer my best judgment. That's why they elected me. That's why they re-elected me."


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