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article imageFailing to persuade on war at G-20, Obama will address America

By Michael Krebs     Sep 6, 2013 in Politics
Coming off of what was widely seen as an international divide over Syria at the G-20 summit in St.Petersburg, President Obama plans to pitch his Syrian case in an address to the nation on Tuesday.
With the G-20 summit having concluded on Friday, President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in a wrap-up to the summit and with the Syrian question weighing heavily between them.
The 20-minute exchange was cordial, but it did not appear very persuasive for either camp.
“It was a very friendly conversation,” Putin said at a news conference on Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We stuck to our guns. Everybody remained on his position.”
And with the majority of the international community not seeing eye to eye with President Obama's request for support for a military strike against the Assad regime in Syria, Obama will take his argument to the American people on Tuesday.
“In the coming days I’ll continue to consult with my fellow leaders around the world and continue to consult with Congress, and I will make the best case that I can to the American people, as well as to the international community, for taking necessary and appropriate action,” Obama said from St. Petersburg on Friday, as Politico reported.
A large majority of Americans have no interest in a military engagement with Syria, as has been reflected in recent polls, according to USA Today, so it is not clear if Obama's address will change public opinion.
Congressional lawmakers will put Obama's request to a vote, and the outcome of those votes remains murky.
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