President Obama spoke with reporters today and outlined his case against Syria’s use of chemical weapons to attack and kill more than a thousand civilians, including hundreds of children. The president also said he hasn’t committed to action yet, but that the chemical weapons represent a threat to U.S. national security.
President Barack Obama said in an afternoon statement that he is considering a “limited, narrow act” of military response in Syria, and said that its government’s chemical-weapons attack is a “challenge to the world,” according to a White House pool report.
“We cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on a terrible scale,” Obama said.
Obama said that he has not yet made a final decision on how to proceed. He said that his military had provided a range of options.
“We’re not considering any open ended commitment. We’re not considering any boots on the ground approach,” Obama said, according to the pool report.