Did Obama Convince You on Syria?

"Our ideals and principles, as well as our national security, are at stake in Syria, along with our leadership of a world where we seek to ensure that the worst weapons will never be used." - President Barack Obama on Tuesday night

"What kind of world will we live in if the United States of America sees a dictator brazenly violate international law with poison gas and we choose to look the other way?" - President Barack Obama on Tuesday night. Credit: Patch File
"What kind of world will we live in if the United States of America sees a dictator brazenly violate international law with poison gas and we choose to look the other way?" - President Barack Obama on Tuesday night. Credit: Patch File
President Barack Obama addressed the nation on the situation in Syria on Tuesday night, saying he's encouraged by recent developments while stressing that the U.S. needs to keep applying pressure. He also said he's asked Congress to delay a vote authorizing a strike on Syria in the hope that a peaceful resolution can be ironed out.

The address was hoped to inspire the general public to get behind calls for a strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government in response to a chemical attack on civilians staged last month.

The U.S. asserts the Syrian president used deadly sarin gas to kill hundreds of his own people on Aug. 21.

A CNN/ORC survey of Americans who watched the president’s address indicated that many were optimistic about a diplomatic resolution.  

Former President Jimmy Carter said from The Carter Center in Atlanta that he felt the best tactic is for the United States to keep working on a deal with Russia for Syria to relinquish its chemical weapons. 

U.S. Rep Jack Kingston (R), who represents the state's First Congressional District that comprises 17 counties in Southeast Georgia, said via a press release:

“Tonight, President Obama said what he had to say. He did not have the votes in Congress, the support of the American people, or the aid of the international community. The speech was a polished version of the existing facts, a summary of what everyone has already concluded.”

Click here to read the full text of Obama's speech.

Where do you stand on this issue? Has the Obama administration convinced you? Why or why not?

Patch Editor Ryan O'Connor contributed to this report

Hunt Archbold September 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Some comments on the subject from our Patch Facebook pages. One person writes, "I don't think our national security is at stake in Syria. He drew a red line and to his surprise someone crossed it and now he is blustering his way trying to save face. That's not leadership. Why has he not addressed Benghazi?" And another writes, "I suppose. I didn't see another better alternative. I think it is 'right' to call attention to a violation of international policies--what must be done after that--not so sure. I understand 31 countries now support the US--fine--more should follow suit."
gdfo September 11, 2013 at 02:44 PM
This is a failure of the United Nations. It is not just the USA that is supposed to address issues like this. That is one point. Another point is that there were announcements that were made that, In my opinion, were too early to make. The President does not need any congressional approval to take out the stock-pile of this type of weapon. This does seem to weaken his administration from that standpoint. Another aspect of putting attention on this is to take attention away from the Internal snooping stories that are and keep popping up.
J. H. September 11, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Yes he did.
Barry Flanagan September 13, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Actually, the US is in no moral position to be leading the charge on this - or perhaps participating at all. The US was FOR chemical weapons (CW) before it was against them. The US looked the other way when Saddam (when the US was for him, before it was against him) used CW against Iran. And Israel has used chemical weapons (white phosphorus bombs) to burn the flesh off of Palestinian civilians. Besides, the US has supported Israel's 46 year illegal occupation of Syria's Golan Heights. So the US is entirely compromised. For Syrians, the CW attacks are but the merest slice of their plight. At least 100,000 are dead, perhaps as many as 200,000 and more than 6 million are now displaced internally or abroad. That the US should jump on this one phenomena as if any other weapons of mass destruction (!) are ok is just senseless and hypocritical. As for Benghazi, that was nothing but a Repub plot.


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