Sun. 4:14pm: U.S. seeks Congress’ OK for action in Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration geared up for the biggest foreign policy vote since the Iraq war by arguing today that new physical evidence shows the Syrian government used sarin gas in a deadly August attack. The United States must respond with its credibility on the line, the country’s top diplomat said.
Members of Congress, deadlocked on just about everything these days and still on summer break, expressed sharply divergent opinions about whether to give President Barack Obama the go-ahead he requested to retaliate with military force against the Assad regime, and what turning down the commander in chief could mean for America’s reputation.
Presenting Obama’s case for military action, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a series of interviews on news shows today outlining the latest information the administration has received about the Aug. 21 attack in the Damascus suburbs that the U.S. says killed 1,429 civilians, including more than 400 children.
He said samples collected by first responders added to the growing body of proof that Syria’s government launched a chemical weapons attack.