Obama spoke about possible military intervention in Syria yesterday. In the White House Rose Garden he shared his hopes for appropriate US action in the coming weeks. Since receiving information about recent chemical warfare by President Assad against 1,429 citizens in Damascus, he became outspoken about the reason for action. “I’m confident we can hold the Assad regime accountable for their use of chemical weapons, deter this kind of behavior, and degrade their capacity to carry it out,” he said.
A legitimate use of targeted force by the US Air force will need authorization by Congress. Obama could call for an immediate hearing but instead is working with the existing schedule of September 9th for the first meeting. This delay will work in Obama’s favor. The Syrian regime has time to seriously consider the possibility and implication of US intervention. Thereafter, Congress will be able to consider the actions of Syria during this intermediate week . Obama’s hopes for Syria will be delayed by Congress.
By Vicky Judah