Obama makes case for punishing Syria, but possible delays loom
Matt Spetalnick and Jeff MasonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama made the case on Wednesday for a limited military strike against Syria in response to last week's chemical weapons attack even as he faced new obstacles with British allies and U.S. lawmakers that could delay any imminent action.
Casting the need for intervention in Syria's civil war on the basis of U.S. national security interests instead of humanitarian grounds, Obama presented his clearest justification to war-weary Americans for confronting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government with "international consequences."
While saying he had not yet made a decision on military action, Obama left little doubt that the choice was not whether to act but when to retaliate for last Wednesday's gas attacks, which killed hundred of people in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus.
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"Obama makes case for punishing Syria, but possible delays loom ", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2013. Consulté le 29/11/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/obama-makes-case-for-punishing-syria-but-possible-delays-loom-