Last night, President Barack Obama said that recent diplomatic efforts offer “the potential to eliminate the threat of chemical weapons” inside Syria without using force. But also maintained that his country’s armed forces will maintain pressure on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and “be ready to respond” if other measures do not work.
Obama called on congressional leaders to postpone the vote for a bill introduced to authorize the use of military force in Syria.
Recognizing the exhaustion of the United States after a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama said: “America is not the police of the world.”
He added that, “when with modest effort and risk we can prevent children killed by toxic gases and protect our own children in the long term, I think we should act. That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional.”
These comments came after ten intense days, when it was unexpectedly announced that he would ask Congress to approve the use of military force against al-Assad.