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US Air Campaign in Syria, No Ground Troops
President Barack Obama is pledging that he won’t deploy ground combat troops or wage a prolonged air campaign against Syria.
In his nationally televised speech on 10th September, 2013 seeking public support for a possible military strike against President Bashar Assad’s government, the president also promised he would not pursue an open – ended military action.
Obama said he realized that many Americans were weary of military action after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said the limitations he was imposing on the potential strike would ensure against the US sliding down a slippery slope into another prolonged war.
Obama made his remarks as US officials explore whether a Russian proposal to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control might work, and as the administration seeks congressional support for an attack.
US Military to Maintain Current Posture
Obama has ordered the US military to maintain its current posture to keep the pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime should diplomacy fail.
He says he’s continuing discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin, while dispatching secretary of state John Kerry to meet with his Russian counterpart on Thursday.
Obama also says he’s speaking with leaders of France and Britain and will work with Russia and China to put forward a resolution at the United Nations Security Council requiring Assad to give up his chemical weapons.
US limited in ability, can save Syrian kids
President Barack Obama says the United States cannot be the world’s policeman, but he adds that it can save Syrian children from being gassed to death.
Obama also said other nation’s leaders would see the consequences of using such weapons and think twice.
Obama said the images and videos of children in pain and dying require the United States to act. He said military strikes on Syria would make Syrian and U.S. children alike safer in the long run.
But Obama conceded it is impossible for the United States to right every wrong.