The United States of America has ‘concluded’ that the Syrian government headed by President Bashar al Assad carried out chemical attacks on its civilians.
Obama said in an interview with PBS NewsHour, “We have concluded that the Syrian government in fact carried these out. And if that's so, then there need to be international consequences.”
The U.S. President said, “We do have to make sure that when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, that they are held accountable.”
Watch his complete statement on U.S. intervention in Syria in the video below:
House Speaker John Boehner didn’t seem to be too satisfied with the President’s line of action with respect to Syria and sent out a letter demanding for more information on U.S. intervention in Syria:
“I respectfully request that you, as our country’s commander-in-chief, personally make the case to the American people and Congress for how potential military action will secure American national security interests, preserve America’s credibility, deter the future use of chemical weapons, and, critically, be a part of our broader policy and strategy.”
Republican Senator John McCain, with reference to both Barack Obama’s and John Boehner’s letter, said in an interview, “He [Obama]is required to consult with Congress and it would be in his best interest to consult with Congress rather than acting in a unilateral fashion.”
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld also criticized Obama’s indecisiveness on the matter, “There really hasn’t been any indication from the administration as to what our national interest is with respect to this particular situation.”
You can watch Rumsfeld’s response in the video clip below:
Barack Obama has to come up with a clear-cut strategy concerning Syria soon enough. But it’s quite obvious that the decision is going to be a difficult one since much of the American population doesn’t want their government to get involved in another conflict after Iraq and Afghanistan and lawmakers, on the hand, want to take some action.