Aug 31, 2013 2:16 PM by Daniel Arkin and Kristen Welker

Obama will seek authorization from Congress before any military action against Syria

President Barack Obama said Saturday he will seek authorization from Congress before launching any military action against the Syrian regime for allegedly using chemical weapons in a "crime against conscience" that killed 1,429 people.

"Over the last several days, we have heard from members of Congress who want their voices to be heard," Obama said.

"I absolutely agree." Obama, who described the alleged chemical attack as "an assault on human dignity," said any military involvement would be of "limited duration and scope."

"This would not be an open-ended intervention," he said. "We would not put boots on the ground." Before revealing he would seek approval from Congress, the President made clear that "we are prepared to strike whenever we choose."


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