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August 28th, 2013
09:26 PM ET

Sen. Corker: Obama should seek congressional authorization for action in Syria

President Obama said he has not yet determined whether or not to strike Syria, but he did lay out his justification for United States' involvement.

Pres. Obama on PBS' News Hour:

"We have not yet made a decision, but the international norm against the use of chemical weapons needs to be kept in place. And nobody disputes – or hardly anybody disputes that chemical weapons were used on a large scale in Syria against civilian populations.

We have looked at all the evidence, and we do not believe the opposition possessed nuclear weapons on – or chemical weapons of that sort. We do not believe that, given the delivery systems, using rockets, that the opposition could have carried out these attacks. We have concluded that the Syrian government in fact carried these out. And if that’s so, then there need to be international consequences.

So we are consulting with our allies. We’re consulting with the international community. And you know, I have no interest in any kind of open-ended conflict in Syria, but we do have to make sure that when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, that they are held accountable."

OutFront: Senator Bob Corker is the top Republican on the foreign relations committee.


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