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Obama: Syria used chemical weapons on its citizens

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President Obama says he’s ready to strike but he wants Congress to approve the use of military force.

Senior administration officials say that the president wanted to strike Syria without congressional approval, but Friday night he changed his mind.

The president is calling the chemical attack the worst of its kind of the 21st century. He also states that the attacks are a threat to our national security as well.

The recent images out of Syria are horrific as more than a thousand people were murdered in a chemical attack – hundreds of them children.

On Saturday President Obama announced his belief for US military intervention.

“In a world with many dangers, this menace must be confronted -- after careful deliberation Syria regime targets.”

President Obama made it clear that the US military is ready to go at any time. However, he’s asking that Congress, which is currently on recess, to authorize that attack.

“While I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific authorization, I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course and our actions will be more effective,” said President Obama.

Long Island Congressman Peter King is now criticizing the president saying he “abdicating responsibility.”

Republican congressman Ted Cruz of Texas says otherwise.

“The constitution gives congress the power to declare war and I am very, very glad that the president listened to bi-partisan calls,” said Sen. Cruz (R-TX).

Calls for and against U.S. intervention rang out in Washington, D.C. The president proposes that U.S. action in Syria be swift and limited with no boots on the ground – unlike Iraq and Afghanistan.

Meantime the United Nations says it has not yet determined whether chemical weapons were used.

“The mandate is very clear, and that is to ascertain whether chemical weapons were used and not by whom and that remains the mandate,” said Martin Nesirky, UN Spokesperson.

However, Obama says U.S. intelligence leaves no doubt that the Syrian government headed by Bashar Al Assad attacked its own people.

“Here’s my question, what message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death and pay no price?” said President Obama.

A difficult question with no easy answer and the UN’s final report will take several more weeks to be completed. As for Congress, it’s on recess until September 9th and the president is not expected to recall them.

That hasn’t happened in about 60 years.

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