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Quotes from President Obama's address on Syria situation
On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama updated the nation on what the U.S. response could be following the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against its own civilians.
Speaking from the East Room of the White House, President Obama outlined his reasoning for why he believes a military strike is necessary if a diplomatic solution cannot be worked out.
Obama has asked Congress to postpone the vote on whether to use military force against Syria while a proposal by Russia to take control of Syria's chemical weapons is pursued.
Below are some of the key quotes made by President Obama during his address:
"The images from this massacre are sickening. Men, women, children lying in rows, killed by poison gas. Others foaming at the mouth, gasping for breath. A father clutching his dead children, imploring them to get up and walk. On that terrible night, the world saw in gruesome detail, the terrible nature of chemical weapons and why the overwhelming majority of humanity have declared them off limits -- a crime against humanity."
"America is not the world's policeman. But with modest effort and risk, if we can prevent children from being gassed...I believe we should act."
"The facts cannot be denied...We know the Assad regime was responsible" for the chemical attacks.
"If we fail to act, the Assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons ... Over time our troops would again face the prospect of chemical warfare on the battlefield."
I believe our democracy is stronger when the president acts with the support of Congress, and I believe that America acts more effectively abroad when we stand together.
"I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria. I will not pursue an open ended action. I will not pursue a long air campaign."
Syria's use of chemical weapons violates international law and is a "danger to our security."
"The US military doesn't do pin-pricks ..a A targeted strike can make any dictator, like Al-Assad, think twice before using chemical weapons."
"This is not a world we should accept. This is what's at stake."
"What kind of world will we live in if the United States of America sees a dictator brazenly violate international law with poison gas and we choose to look the other way?"
"For nearly seven decades the United States has been the anchor of global security. This has meant doing more than forging international agreements. It has meant enforcing them. The burdens of leadership are often heavy, but the worlds a better place because we have borne them."