30 Aug '13, 2am

U.S. readies possible solo action against Syria

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Thursday prepared for the possibility of launching unilateral American military action against Syria within days as Britain opted out in a stunning vote by Parliament. Facing skepticism at home, too, the administration shared intelligence with lawmakers aimed at convincing them the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its people and must be punished. Despite roadblocks in forming an international coalition, Obama appeared undeterred and advisers said he would be willing to retaliate against Syria on his own. “The president of the United States is elected with the duty to protect the national security interests in the United States of America,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Even before the vote in London, the U.S. was preparing to act without formal authorization from the United Nations, where Russia has blocked efforts ...

Full article: http://www.armytimes.com/article/20130829/NEWS08/308290061

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