Obama Says Syria Chemical Weapons Attack Threatens Israel, Jordan [Photo]
Speaking to reporters at a meeting with Baltic leaders, President Obama said that the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria threatened U.S. allies of Israel, Turkey and Jordan, and that while “nobody ends up being more war weary than me” he is considering a narrow, limited U.S. response. With an American public apprehensive of wars following prior U.S. intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq, Obama stated any U.S. involvement in Syrian would not be an open-ended, long-term commitment, nor would it involve U.S. troops on the ground.
Obama declared that the U.S. must be prepared to act unilaterally if necessary to uphold “an international norm” barring the use of chemical weapons as part of the country’s obligations as a world leader. The U.N. Security Council has been divided on its stance concerning Syria, with the United States and its allies currently in a deadlock with Russia and China as to what steps should be undertaken against the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.