Obama looking at ‘wide range of options’ for response to Syria

Posted at 1:05 PM, Aug 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-30 15:17:48-04

(CNN) — President Barack Obama said Friday that the U.S. military and his security team were looking at a “wide range of options” on how to respond to the chemical weapons attack in Syria, but he added that any U.S. action would not involve sending troops or waging a long-term campaign.

President Barack Obama said Friday that “it is not in the national security interests of the United States to ignore clear violations” of international bans against the use of chemical weapons. “I assure you nobody ends up being more war-weary than me,”

Obama told reporters who asked about a possible U.S. military response to a chemical weapons attack in Syria. The president added that the obligation of being a world leader means holding accountable regimes that violate international norms. “A lot of the people think something should be done, but nobody seems willing to do it,” Obama said of responding to what a U.S. intelligence report called the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons against its own people.

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