White House officials said Thursday that President Obama is still considering whether to address the American public on a possible strike in Syria against the Assad regime in response to its reported use of chemical weapons.
Ben Rhodes, spokesman for Mr. Obama, told reporters on the way to the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, that the speech is still under consideration.
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Public opinion polls have found that most of the American public opposes a military strike against, ramping up pressure on the Obama administration to convince the nation that it is the responsibility of U.S. to crack down on the Assad regime.
Mr. Obama said during a stop in Sweden Wednesday that “American and Congress’ credibility is on the line because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important.”
“I do think we have to act,” Mr. Obama said. “Because if we don’t, we are effectively saying that even though we may condemn it and issue resolutions and so forth and so on, somebody who is not shamed by resolutions can continue to act with impunity and those international norms begin to erode, and other despots and authoritarian regimes can start looking and saying, ‘That’s something we can get away with.’ “