Obama faces uphill battle in U.S. Congress on Syria strike
The Obama administration is facing an uphill battle in its attempt to convince members of Congress to approve military action against Syria.
In an attempt to boost support, the Obama administration released graphic video footage to senators and American media outlets over the weekend showing victims of the alleged chemical attack.
But a congressional survey carried out by the Washington Post shows that a majority of House members were leaning AGAINST authorizing the use of U.S. military force in the conflict-torn country.
"I think lobbing a few Tomahawk missiles will not restore our credibility overseas. It's kind of a face-saving measure for the president after he drew the red line. That's what I'm very concerned about is that once we, as my colleague from California mentioned, once we're in, we're in. And once we hit, this is an active war."
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke in Paris Sunday to bolster support for military intervention after meeting with key Arab foreign ministers.
Kerry said the Arab countries agreed the use of chemical weapons by the Bashar al-Assad regime crossed an "international global red line."
"It is clear that if we don't take action, the message to Hezbollah, Iran, Assad, will be that 'Nobody cares that you broke this hundred-year-old, nearly hundred year-old standard and you're using weapons that have been banned by 189 nations."
Syrian President Assad continues to deny all the allegations saying the evidence produced by Obama is not conclusive and can be refuted.
Assad also warned Syria would retaliate if a strike was made by an external force.
Ahead of Wednesday's crucial test vote in the Senate, Obama is expected to give interviews to six news networks on the topic and present a grand speech on Syria.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.
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