President Obama remarks on Syria
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WASHINGTON -- President Obama said Friday he is considering a "limited, narrow act" as a military response to Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons against its own citizens.
Calling it "a challenge to the world," Obama said the use of chemical weapons threatens U.S. national security and merits a response.
"We're not considering any open-ended commitment," the president said. "We're not considering any boots-on-the-ground approach."
Obama emphasized that he still has not made any decisions about what actions the U.S. will take.
"We have consulted with allies," he said. "We have consulted with Congress."
Obama says he recognizes the world and the U.S. are war-weary in the face of potential military action against Syria, but believes that 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.
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