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Text of President Obama’s Speech on Syria (+Video)

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A country faces few decisions as grave as using military force, even when that force is limited. I respect the views of those who call for caution, particularly as our country emerges from a time of war that I was elected in part to end. But if we really do want to turn away from taking appropriate action in the face of such an unspeakable outrage, then we must acknowledge the costs of doing nothing.

Here’s my question for every member of Congress and every member of the global community: What message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price? What’s the purpose of the international system that we’ve built if a prohibition on the use of chemical weapons that has been agreed to by the governments of 98 percent of the world’s people and approved overwhelmingly by the Congress of the United States is not enforced?

Make no mistake — this has implications beyond chemical warfare. If we won’t enforce accountability in the face of this heinous act, what does it say about our resolve to stand up to others who flout fundamental international rules? To governments who would choose to build nuclear arms? To terrorist who would spread biological weapons? To armies who carry out genocide?

We cannot raise our children in a world where we will not follow through on the things we say, the accords we sign, the values that define us.

So just as I will take this case to Congress, I will also deliver this message to the world. While the U.N. investigation has some time to report on its findings, we will insist that an atrocity committed with chemical weapons is not simply investigated, it must be confronted.

I don’t expect every nation to agree with the decision we have made. Privately we’ve heard many expressions of support from our friends. But I will ask those who care about the writ of the international community to stand publicly behind our action.

And finally, let me say this to the American people: I know well that we are weary of war. We’ve ended one war in Iraq. We’re ending another in Afghanistan. And the American people have the good sense to know we cannot resolve the underlying conflict in Syria with our military. In that part of the world, there are ancient sectarian differences, and the hopes of the Arab Spring have unleashed forces of change that are going to take many years to resolve. And that’s why we’re not contemplating putting our troops in the middle of someone else’s war.

Instead, we’ll continue to support the Syrian people through our pressure on the Assad regime, our commitment to the opposition, our care for the displaced, and our pursuit of a political resolution that achieves a government that respects the dignity of its people.

But we are the United States of America, and we cannot and must not turn a blind eye to what happened in Damascus. Out of the ashes of world war, we built an international order and enforced the rules that gave it meaning. And we did so because we believe that the rights of individuals to live in peace and dignity depends on the responsibilities of nations. We aren’t perfect, but this nation more than any other has been willing to meet those responsibilities.

So to all members of Congress of both parties, I ask you to take this vote for our national security. I am looking forward to the debate. And in doing so, I ask you, members of Congress, to consider that some things are more important than partisan differences or the politics of the moment.

Ultimately, this is not about who occupies this office at any given time; it’s about who we are as a country. I believe that the people’s representatives must be invested in what America does abroad, and now is the time to show the world that America keeps our commitments. We do what we say. And we lead with the belief that right makes might — not the other way around.

We all know there are no easy options. But I wasn’t elected to avoid hard decisions. And neither were the members of the House and the Senate. I’ve told you what I believe, that our security and our values demand that we cannot turn away from the massacre of countless civilians with chemical weapons. And our democracy is stronger when the President and the people’s representatives stand together.

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10 Responses to “Text of President Obama’s Speech on Syria (+Video)”

  1. Tarek Saba says:

    Obama the Zionist puppet

  2. How was this published tomorrow.

  3. Joseph Ezkosheez says:

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    Talk to me after the Jewish High Hollidays

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    Talk to me after the Jewish High Hollidays

  5. Joseph Ezkosheez says:

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    The Obama delay for the Congress approval for a open-limited Military air intervention in Syria,
    Should give Israel time to get more gas masks But also to be better prepared in case Assad & Hezbollah decide to commit war crimes & launch their missiles at Israel Home Front .
    Meaning for Israel to consider the possible eventuality where IDF should, in the context of Self Defense, liberate some lands from the Islam Occupation of Syria & Lebanon, due to Assad & Hezbollah Islamic war of agression,
    So as to improve The Jewish State Defense Posture in case further down the road , the Nato addiction to arab oil & gas decides to overthrow the Assad Regime and replace it by the livers eaters cannibals funded by Saudia-Qatar & Turkey that are willing to feed Europe addiction with oil-gas pipelines from Saudia-Qartar oil-gas fields all the way to Turkey thru Syria territory.

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    The Obama delay for the Congress approval for a open-limited Military air intervention in Syria,
    Should give Israel time to get more gas masks But also to be better prepared in case Assad & Hezbollah decide to commit war crimes & launch their missiles at Israel Home Front .
    Meaning for Israel to consider the possible eventuality where IDF should, in the context of Self Defense, liberate some lands from the Islam Occupation of Syria & Lebanon, due to Assad & Hezbollah Islamic war of agression,
    So as to improve The Jewish State Defense Posture in case further down the road , the Nato addiction to arab oil & gas decides to overthrow the Assad Regime and replace it by the livers eaters cannibals funded by Saudia-Qatar & Turkey that are willing to feed Europe addiction with oil-gas pipelines from Saudia-Qartar oil-gas fields all the way to Turkey thru Syria territory.

  7. =
    The Obama delay for the Congress approval for a open-limited Military air intervention in Syria,
    Should give Israel time to get more gas masks But also to be better prepared in case Assad & Hezbollah decide to commit war crimes & launch their missiles at Israel Home Front .
    Meaning for Israel to consider the possible eventuality where IDF should, in the context of Self Defense, liberate some lands from the Islam Occupation of Syria & Lebanon, due to Assad & Hezbollah Islamic war of agression,
    So as to improve The Jewish State Defense Posture in case further down the road , the Nato addiction to arab oil & gas decides to overthrow the Assad Regime and replace it by the livers eaters cannibals funded by Saudia-Qatar & Turkey that are willing to feed Europe addiction with oil-gas pipelines from Saudia-Qartar oil-gas fields all the way to Turkey thru Syria territory.

  8. =
    The Obama delay for the Congress approval for a open-limited Military air intervention in Syria,
    Should give Israel time to get more gas masks But also to be better prepared in case Assad & Hezbollah decide to commit war crimes & launch their missiles at Israel Home Front .
    Meaning for Israel to consider the possible eventuality where IDF should, in the context of Self Defense, liberate some lands from the Islam Occupation of Syria & Lebanon, due to Assad & Hezbollah Islamic war of agression,
    So as to improve The Jewish State Defense Posture in case further down the road , the Nato addiction to arab oil & gas decides to overthrow the Assad Regime and replace it by the livers eaters cannibals funded by Saudia-Qatar & Turkey that are willing to feed Europe addiction with oil-gas pipelines from Saudia-Qartar oil-gas fields all the way to Turkey thru Syria territory.

  9. Joseph Ezkosheez says:

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    Is The United States Going To Go To War With Syria Over A Natural Gas Pipeline?
    By Michael Snyder, on September 3rd, 2013
    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/is-the-united-states-going-to-go-to-war-with-syria-over-a-natural-gas-pipeline

  10. Joseph Ezkosheez says:

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    The Truth Behind the War in Syria: The Qatari Natural Gas Pipeline – Obama’s War for Oil
    by Michael Snyder | Men’s News Daily
    September 6, 2013
    http://shariaunveiled.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/the-truth-behind-the-war-in-syria-the-qatari-natural-gas-pipeline-obamas-war-for-oil/

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