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President Barack Obama on Friday declined to speculate whether he would go ahead with a military strike in Syria if Congress votes against authorizing it, saying he would try to convince Americans and lawmakers of the need to act against the government of President Bashar Assad.
"I put it before Congress because I could not honestly claim that the threat posed by Assad's use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians and women and children posed an imminent, direct threat to the United States," Obama said in a news conference at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg.
If there had been a direct threat to the United States or allies, Obama said, he would have taken action without consulting Congress.
Originally posted by Senduko
Look at my left hand the magician said.
This is starting to feel like one big distraction.
Originally posted by WhiteAlice
did he just throw Kerry under the bus because I could've sworn Kerry stated during the Congressional Hearing that Syria was absolutely within our national security interests which would seem to, at least, imply that there was a direct threat to the US?
ecretary of State John Kerry made a forceful case for military action in Syria during congressional testimony on Tuesday, arguing that doing nothing would open a "Pandora's box" of "dangerous consequences" for the United States.