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article imageObama on a Syrian military strike: 'The world set a red line'

By Michael Krebs     Sep 4, 2013 in World
Speaking to reporters in Sweden, President Obama detailed his case for a military strike against the Assad regime in Syria and said the red line drawn was the world's.
President Obama made his case for an American-led military strike on the Assad government in Syria, speaking with reporters in Sweden on Wednesday.
Reiterating his ability to attack Syria without congressional involvement, the president characterized the border of the red line as one that the world shared.
"I didn't set a red line," Obama said, according to a CNN report. "The world set a red line."
Obama's comments come among fast-moving events: just a day after receiving green lights from congressional leadership in the House, including a particularly political endorsement from House Speaker John Boehner, and after Israel test-fired missiles in the Mediterranean Sea in apparent Syria-related preparation, as CBS News reported.
"We will be stronger as a country in our response if the president and Congress does it together," Obama said, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Most Americans oppose any military engagement with Syria. A recent Washington Post / ABC News Poll found that 59 percent of Americans fully opposed military action against Assad.
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