President Obama says Syrian military response will be appropriate
President Obama made the remarks on Tuesday before meeting with members of Congress on the situation in Syria. The President called the military action limited and proportional and emphasized that the plan does not involve boots on the ground.
"What we are envisioning is something limited," President Obama said. "It is something proportional. It will degrade Assad's capabilities. At the same time, we have a broader strategy that will allow us to upgrade the capabilities of the opposition, allow Syria ultimately to free itself from the kinds of terrible civil wars and death and activity that we've been seeing on the ground."
The President said that unless Syria is held accountable for the use of chemical weapons, it could pose a risk to U.S. allies like Israel, Turkey and Jordan. He said the lack of accountability could also result in international norms around issues like nuclear proliferation holding less weight.
President Obama said he would be working with Congress on the matter and asking for a quick vote.
"And so I'm going to be working with Congress," President Obama said. "We have set up a draft authorization. We're going to be asking for hearings and a prompt vote. And I'm very appreciative that everybody here has already begun to schedule hearings and intends to take a vote as soon as all of Congress comes back early next week."
The President said he was confident he would get a vote in favor of action.