Back home, high-stakes week on Syria awaits Obama
Sat, 07 Sep 2013 22:32:39 GMT —
WASHINGTON-- Now that he's back from the G-20 summit in Europe, President Barack Obama is turning his attention to winning support from lawmakers and the public for limited military action against Syria.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the United States "cannot turn a blind eye" to the grim images out of Syria of children allegedly killed in a chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government.
He'll have more to say in an address to the nation Tuesday evening. The next day, a key first vote is expected in the Senate over a resolution authorizing the "limited and specified use" of U.S. armed forces.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry is thanking the European Union for making what he calls a "strong statement" about Syria.
EU foreign ministers meeting in Lithuania today agreed that a chemical attack outside Damascus last month appears to have been the work of Syria's regime, and called for a "clear and strong response." But they also said any potential military attack against Syria should wait for a report from U.N. inspectors.
A German newspaper is reporting that the inspectors could submit their initial findings by the end of next week.