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President Obama seeks congressional approval to attack Syria


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The White House has sent a draft to Congress, of a resolution authorizing the president to use military force against Syria.

The resolution states the goal of a U.S. military response would be to "deter, disrupt, prevent and degrade" the ability of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime to use chemical weapons again.

President Obama made his intentions clear Saturday, addressing the nation saying he wants the U.S. to take military action against Syria's government, but he will wait until Congress approves it. 

The president says the U.S. can't turn a blind eye to evidence showing the Syrian government used chemical weapons to kill its own people. He says the U.S. needs to set an example.

"What's the purpose of the international system that we've built, if a prohibition on the use of chemical weapons that has been agreed to by the governments of 98% of the world's people and approved overwhelmingly by the Congress of the United States is not enforced?" President Obama said in his address. "Make no mistake, this has implications beyond chemical warfare. If we want to enforce accountability in the face of this heinous act, what does it say about our resolve to stand up to others who flog international rules?"

The resolution authorizes the president to use the military as he determines "necessary and appropriate". The draft doesn't lay out a timeline for action. But it does say only a political settlement can resolve the Syrian crisis.
Congress returns on September 9. President Obama says members will be provided with information on Syria, and he expects the lawmakers to debate and vote. It's unclear whether they'll return earlier than expected.


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama said he is seeking congressional approval before launching military action against Syria for its use of chemical weapons.

Navy ships are ready to strike.  Obama spoke at the Rose Garden on August 31st to announce he has decided that the United States should take military action.

According to Obama, lawmakers will have to consider what message the United States will send to a dictator if he is allowed to kill hundreds of children with chemical weapons without any retaliation.

Lawmakers return to session on September 9th.  Lawmakers have called for Obama to include Congress in the decision under the War Powers Act.

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