President considering military action against Syria
By: CBS4 News, firstname.lastname@example.org
(AP) _ As the U.S. edges
toward a possible punitive military strike against Syria, residents of
Damascus are stocking up on food and other necessities with no evident
sign of panic. President Barack Obama said on Friday he's
weighing ``limited and narrow'' action, accusing Bashar Assad's
government of launching a chemical weapons attack that killed at least
1,429 people -- far more than previous estimates -- including more than
400 children. The White House will brief Republican senators
in a conference call Saturday at the request of Senate GOP leader Mitch
McConnell. The Syrian government says the administration
claims are ``flagrant lies'' akin to faulty Bush administration
assertions before the Iraq invasion that Saddam Hussein had weapons of
mass destruction. A Foreign Ministry statement read on state TV said
that ``under the pretext of protecting the Syrian people, they are
making a case for an aggression that will kill hundreds of innocent
Syrian civilians.'' One resident of Damascus says he's ``not
afraid from the Western threats to Syria.'' He says ``they created the
chemical issue as a pretext for intervention, and they are trying to hit
Syria for the sake of Israel.'' Obama said he has not yet
made a final decision on a response to the suspected chemical attack.
But he said it would not involve ``boots on the ground.''
President Obama spoke Friday afternoon at the White House on the possibility of military action against Syria in retaliation for chemical attacks against civilians.
The President said the attacks threatened U.S. security interests both at home and abroad.
He said the administration is considering limited, narrow action. He said the U.S. would not put "boots on the ground".
Authorities believe that 1,429 people were killed in the nerve gas attacks, 426 of them children.
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