Obama, before a meeting with congressional leaders and top administration officials at the
He also said he was confident that
“This is not Iraq, and this is not Afghanistan,” the president said. “This is a limited, proportional step that will send a clear message not only to the Assad regime but also to other countries that may be interested in testing some of these international norms that there are consequences.”
If the United States were not to act, Obama said, there is a chance that chemical weapons could be transmitted to non-state actors, posing a risk to allies such as Israel, Turkey and Jordan.
It would also, he said, send a message “that international norms around issues like nuclear proliferation don’t mean much.”
The president was meeting with leaders from the House and
Tuesday also marks the first public hearing on the administration’s plans, with Secretary of State
They are also scheduled to go before the
The president said he was serious about congressional consultation or he would not be calling for a vote, and that he was confident lawmakers were treating the issue with the “soberness and seriousness” it deserved.