Obama weighs options on Syrian crisis

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August 31, 2013, 7:59 am
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(NECN/NBC News: Danielle Leigh, Washington) - President Obama says he's still weighing his options in Syria, but an attack is looking more and more like a question of when, not if.

"In no event are we considering action with boots on the ground, or a long term campaign," said Obama.

Obama is steadfast, something must be done.

"The world has an obligation to make sure we maintain the norm against the use of chemical weapons," said Obama.

Secretary of State John Kerry revealed unclassified intelligence. He indicated that the Syrian regime prepared for last week's chemical attack for days and that the attacks targeted congested neighborhoods after being launched from areas controlled by Assad.

"This is the indiscriminate ...this is what Assad did to his own people," said Kerry.

A growing bi-partisan group of lawmakers is demanding Obama seek their approval before taking action.

"The president can and should call us into a joint session, we can be here within 24 hours," said Rep. Scott Rigell, Virginia.

A new NBC poll shows half of Americans oppose taking military action.

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