US action against Syria is all but certain, to send the message that use of chemical weapons won't be tolerated. The next questions are, how much international backing will Obama seek, and who will stand with him?
Senior US officials are making clear that President Obama will act in coming days to punish Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad for what the US has concluded was his regime’s use of chemical weapons against civilians – and to signal to the world that the United States will not tolerate any crossing of the red line against chemical weapons use.
A key question now is what backing Mr. Obama will seek on the international stage as he green-lights expected military action, and who will stand with the US as it moves forward.
“Make no mistake: President Obama intends to hold accountable those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement at the State Department Monday afternoon.
Mr. Kerry – who said he had repeatedly viewed gut-wrenching videos of the victims of last week’s attacks outside Damascus as he consulted with world leaders about the response – also described the aims of US action as twofold.
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