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Kerry: Syrian videos make case for military action

By Deb Riechmann & Sarah DiLorenzo

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:22 a.m. HST, Sep 09, 2013

PARIS >> The Obama administration is distributing videos showing a chemical weapons attack in Syria to help convince Americans and Congress that a military intervention against the Syrian government is necessary, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Speaking at a press conference in Paris, Kerry said the videos make clear that the attack is not something Americans can ignore.

The United States accused Syrian President Bashar Assad's government of using chemical weapons in an Aug. 21 assault that killed more than 1,400 people. The videos show victims, including children, exhibiting what appear to be symptoms of nerve gas poisoning.

"Those videos make it clear to people that these are real human beings, real children, parents being affected in ways that are unacceptable to anybody, anywhere by any standards," Kerry said. "And the United States of America that has always stood with others to say we will not allow this -- this is not our values, it's not who we are."

Kerry is in Europe trying to raise European support for a strike in Syria and also discussing Middle East peace negotiations.

Back in the U.S., the White House is making a big push to rally members of Congress. Lawmakers will consider a resolution authorizing the "limited and specified use" of U.S. armed forces against Syria for no more than 90 days and barring American ground troops from combat.

Another bipartisan, classified briefing for Congress is set for Monday.

"The vast majority of members of Congress -- House and Senate --are undecided. And that's why the videos are being shown and the briefings are taking place."


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1local wrote:
the democrats (including Obama) were against military force against afghanistan and iraq - who attacked an ally as well as the USA - yet they are for use of military force against Syria who has had no agression against the USA - only an enemy of the USA alquaeda - Kerry and Obama - need to really think this one out...' a leader of many will trick and decieve...
on September 8,2013 | 07:41AM
NITRO08 wrote:
When did Iraq or Afghanistan attack an ally or US forces?
on September 8,2013 | 07:51AM
KonaWarrior wrote:
There is no doubt that many innocent victims were killed by chemical weapons per the video, but who was behind the attacks is the main concern? Was it really Asaad's government or could Al Queda have a hand in this? http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/04/us-syria-crisis-russia-congress-idUSBRE9830N620130904
on September 8,2013 | 08:06AM
Ronin006 wrote:
How do we know the video wasn't produced in the Al Qaeda version of Hollywood?
on September 8,2013 | 12:52PM
Ronin006 wrote:
The Geneva Protocol banning the use of chemical weapons provides for economic sanctions against violators. Economic sanctions, not military sanctions. The Geneva Protocol also pertains to use of chemical weapons by warring states. The fighting in Syria is not between warring states – it is a civil conflict. So, what gives Obama the authority to decide if Syria violated the Protocol and what gives him the authority to apply military sanctions?
on September 8,2013 | 08:20AM
Grimbold wrote:
'Kerry said the videos make clear that the attack is not something Americans can ignore.' Hoo dah, then we cannot ignore bloodthirsty beheadings of captured tied up soldiers by the Al Kaida Rebels either. And the blowing up by the ten thousands of civilians, women and children by Islamists. But have we been able to do anything about it, other than bloodily sacrificing our youths, oursoldiers . So lets just stay home and deal with our homeland.
on September 8,2013 | 09:50AM
Nevadan wrote:
Poor Kerry. He is the spokesman for someone who has lost all credibility.
on September 8,2013 | 11:11AM
LittleEarl_01 wrote:
Wait Nevadan, isn't Kerry the one that won the Vietnam war for the US?
on September 9,2013 | 04:37AM
ehrhornp wrote:
Perhaps Kerry would have a point if the US didn't support Saddam and his use of chemical weapons. I don't accept the implied argument that violence is the only answer to this attack. Just say no to never ending war!
on September 8,2013 | 11:31AM
HD36 wrote:
Saudi Arabia offered to pay 100% of the military costs to overthrow Assad. Quatar wants to run a gas pipeline through Syria to sell to Europe but Assad won't give them permission. Gazprom, a Russian gas company twice as big as Exxon Mobile would lose if the pipeline was built. There you have it. Why doesn't the government just tell us the truth. We need the petro dollar or else nobodys gonna lend anymore more money.
on September 8,2013 | 02:44PM
jussayin wrote:
From CBS News: Several hundred thousand Christians in Syria fear an American attack could lead to their widespread persecution by weakening the Assad government and strengthening Islamic rebels, many of them linked to al Qaeda. Hopefuly Obama looks at the consequences of an attack.
on September 8,2013 | 04:12PM
HD36 wrote:
Al Qaeda has it origins from Saudi Arabia. In fact most of the 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia.
on September 8,2013 | 08:22PM
jussayin wrote:
Another by the way: US drone strikes have killed about 391 to 780 civilians out of a total of 1,658 to 2,597, including 160 children.
on September 8,2013 | 06:40PM
LittleEarl_01 wrote:
Has any thought been given, by menbers of the administration to the possible long term effects of a bombing raid on Syria? We bomb Syria. Iran, as a friend and ally of Syria and Syrian President Bashar Assad, attack Israel. Now since Israel is one of our allies, what's next. "Boots on the grond," and what will turn out to be another losing conflict to the US, not counting the loss of lives of our warriors.
on September 9,2013 | 04:45AM
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