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Obama to Give White House Address on Syria

US President Barack Obama walks on stage to start his news conference at the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Credit: AP

President Barack Obama will make his case to the American people for military intervention in Syria in a White House address on Tuesday.

Obama made the announcement Friday at a press conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he is wrapping up the two-day Group of 20 economic summit.

"In the coming days I’ll continue to consult with my fellow leaders around the world, and I will continue to consult with Congress. And I will make the best case that I can to the American people, as well as to the international community, for taking necessary and appropriate action," Obama said. "And I intend to address the American people from the White House on Tuesday."

Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons to kill 1,429 of his people in the midst of the Syrian civil war, according to U.S. intelligence.

"The security of the world and my particular task looking out for the national security of the United States requires that when there’s a breach this brazen of a norm this important and the international community is paralyzed and frozen and doesn’t act, then that norm begins to unravel," Obama said. "If that norm unravels, then other norms and prohibitions start unraveling. And that makes for a more dangerous world. And that, then, requires even more difficult choices and more difficult responses in the future."

Congress is currently considering a resolution authorizing Obama to take action in Syria.



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