In a primetime Tuesday evening address, President Barack Obama made his case for getting the United States involved in Syria. Obama argued the United States should respond to Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons to protect American soldiers in future conflicts and to send a message to other “tyrants” who might use such weapons.
“As the ban against these weapons erodes, other tyrants will have no reason to think twice about acquiring poison gas and using them,” said Obama. “Over time our troops would again face the prospect of chemical warfare on the battlefield, and it could be easier for terrorist organizations to obtain these weapons and to use them to attack civilians.”
Obama stressed the U.S. military is ready to strike Syria upon his command. However, he said he’s shifting his focus to a diplomatic solution recently offered by Russia, and he asked Congressional leaders to delay…
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