Obama: This Is 'Not Another Iraq or Afghanistan'
Presses case against Syria in weekly address
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2013 6:58 AM CDT
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(Newser) – President Obama didn't exactly return from the G20 summit with a ringing international endorsement to take action against Syria, but he continued making his case before his own nation this morning via his weekly radio address. Obama hit familiar themes, ones he will surely revisit in his speech to the nation Tuesday night, reports Reuters.

  • "This would not be another Iraq or Afghanistan."
  • "Any action we take would be limited, both in time and scope—designed to deter the Syrian government from gassing its own people again and degrade its ability to do so."
  • "I know that the American people are weary after a decade of war, even as the war in Iraq has ended, and the war in Afghanistan is winding down. That's why we're not putting our troops in the middle of somebody else's war."

As for the G20 summit: Obama got the backing of 10 countries for a statement that says Bashar al-Assad should be held accountable for using chemical weapons, but the statement pointedly fell short of calling for military action, notes the Los Angeles Times, which concludes that the president "fell well short of an international coalition that might help persuade reluctant lawmakers."

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eatthebankers
Sep 9, 2013 11:53 AM CDT
Saudi Arabia just let out thousands of murders and rapist, armed them and gave them Amnesty, to go to Syria. Let the UN, China, Russia or other countries stick their noses in this CIVIL war. They have used chemical weapons there for 1,400 years. Check out the Stock exchange on all the US Arms dealers, and how high their stock has risen in the Quarter ending 9/3/13. War=$$
Mike.357
Sep 9, 2013 7:33 AM CDT
call your Senators and Representative and tell them NO to military intervention in Syria
KDickley
Sep 8, 2013 12:46 PM CDT
You can believe t our Lyin' POS-in-Chief when he says it'll only be an itty bitty war. Leave the fanatics alone, they will kill each other. Obobo the clown was too busy campaigning for a second term, to stop the murders at Benghazi last september. Why is Obobo so concerned about the gassing of baby muslims who would have grown up to hate Americans, when he didn't give a shit about the Americans about to die in Bengahzi 9/11/12 while he was campaigning to do a shittier job in his second term?