Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Obama ‘confident’ of getting Congressional support for Syria strike.

Obama ‘confident’ of getting Congressional support for Syria strike.

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) talks to bipartisan Congressional
 leaders in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington while
 discussing a military response to Syria, Sept. 3, 2013. (Reuters)
Al Arabia | 03 Sep 2013 :: U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he was confident that Congress will support his decision to take military action against the Syrian regime.
Obama said he is open to changes to his resolution to obtain Congressional approval, as long as the resolution sends a clear message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and impedes his ability to use chemical weapons.

Obama told reporters during a meeting with lawmakers at the White House that he wants the American people to know that “this is not Iraq, and this is not Afghanistan.” He said action in Syria will be limited and proportional, Associated Press reported.

The meeting in the White House Cabinet room was attended by congressional leaders from both parties in the House and Senate.

Obama called for a prompt vote on Capitol Hill and reiterated that the U.S. plan would be limited in scope and not repeat the long U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“What we are envisioning is something limited. It is something proportional. It will degrade Assad's capabilities,” Obama said, according to Reuters.

“At the same time we have a broader strategy that will allow us to upgrade the capabilities of the opposition,” he said.(Courtesy:Al Arabia)

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