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Obama Announces He Will Seek Congressional Authorization for Military Strike on Syria

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- "After careful deliberation I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets" - Obama will seek congressional approval — debate scheduled for week of September 9th - House GOP leaders: "...responsibility to declare war lies with Congress."

President Obama announced on Saturday he will seek congressional authorization for a military strike on Syria. (Credit: whitehouse.gov)

Delivering a firm set of remarks, President Obama said on Saturday that he will seek congressional authorization for a military strike on Syria when Congress returns in early September, adding the U.S. "must not turn a blind eye" to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons.

"After careful deliberation I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets," Obama said during his speech in the Rose Garden. "This will not be an open ended intervention. We would not put boots on the ground. Instead our action would be designed to be limited in duration and scope."

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