President Obama speaks on Syria, watch or listen live

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with his national security staff to discuss the situation in Syria in the Situation Room of the White House in Washington, in this photo taken August 30, 2013, courtesy of the White House. REUTERS/Pete Souza/White House/Handout via Reuters

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Update: President Obama will seek the approval of Congress before initiating military strikes against Syria. If you're an American citizen, now would be a good time to contact your elected representative and let them know how you feel about this.

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  1. Rindan says:

    It is pretty hard to express how not excited I am for this. I swear that Obama is a secret plant by the Republicans to rip the still beating heart out of the Democratic party.

    US efforts to stabilize and destabilize regions in the Middle East has been an unmitigated disaster both for selfish US police, and for the poor bastards that live there. The US props up regimes that she die, thus building up civil pressure, and kick over ones that need to slowly dismantle themselves in order to relieve that pressure. The US has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, it has no fucking clue what it is doing. The US should stay out.

    My one shabby hope is that the if the US is going to do this, that it simply goes after the chemical weapons and tries to make this be about eliminating those weapons quickly and calling it a day. I really doubt that is going to happen. Asking the US military to ignore a delicious military formation that is just sitting right there! is like asking a coke fiend to ignore the pile of what powder sitting on the table.

  2. Mr. President, please DO NOT lead your country into yet another futile war. Do the right thing for a change.

  3. I don't believe for a second this is even about chemical weapons. The US did not flinch when Saddam used chemical weapons against his own population back in the eighties, when he was still our friend. They did not flinch years before that, when he used it in the war against Iran. I believed the US even supplied these chemical weapons in the first place.

    So why are we supposed to believe in this sudden concern for the use of chemical weapons in Syria? Also remember, that we're talking about one incident where the regime maybe killed about 300 people with chemical weapons. But 100,000 people were already killed in Syria with conventional weapons. Any action taken against chemical weapons will still not deal with the killing in Syria, they will continue as before.

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