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U.S. vows action in Syria even without UN backing

By Deb Riechmann & Kimberly Dozier

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:23 a.m. HST, Aug 28, 2013

WASHINGTON » The U.S. says it will take action against the Syrian government for alleged use of chemical weapons even without the backing of allies or the United Nations.

Britain added a hurdle to deliberations about a military strike today when it went to the U.N. Security Council with a draft resolution that would authorize the use of military force against Syria. As expected, the five permanent members of the security council failed to reach an agreement as Russia reiterated its objections to international intervention in Syria.

State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf says the U.S. cannot be held up in responding by Russia's intransigence at the United Nations.

Russia says the use of force without a sanction of the U.N. Security Council is a "crude violation" of international law.

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AhiPoke wrote:
I'm not in favor of a military action in Syria, mainly because I can't figure out who the real enemy is. But, I do question this president's consideration of this action, without international support, especially since he was one of the loudest critics when Bush did the same thing in Iraq. I guess since he also criticized Bush's spending and then went ahead and spent even more I shouldn't be surprised. It only goes to show, for those of us who aren't in,love with everything he does no matter what, how much hot air comes out of his mouth.
on August 28,2013 | 11:46AM
serious wrote:
AhiPoke: very well presented!!!
on August 28,2013 | 01:13PM
Morimoto wrote:
So in other words, the U.S. is judge, jury and executioner. No wonder why some people hate us.
on August 28,2013 | 01:02PM
Denominator wrote:
Obama is finding that his feet are too small for Bush's shoes. His big mouth has gotten the US into this box. Either he acts without international support or he causes the US to loose all credibility. Great choices. This is incredibly poor leadership from a guy whose now trying to catch up to his own empty words.
on August 28,2013 | 01:06PM
Psyche wrote:
This is nauseating! I can no longer stand this admin and it's supporters........ The local Dems had better step up too because this is out of hand, and I will start voting against them just to send a message.
on August 28,2013 | 01:33PM
samidunn wrote:
And without congressional approval.
on August 28,2013 | 01:47PM
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