WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is pledging that he won't deploy ground combat troops or wage a prolonged air campaign against Syria.
In his speech to the nation Tuesday seeking public support for a possible military strike against President Bashar Assad's government, the president also promised he would not pursue an open-ended military action.
Obama said he realized that many Americans were weary of military action after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said the limitations he was imposing on the potential strike would ensure against the U.S. sliding down a slippery slope into another prolonged war.
Obama made his remarks as U.S. officials explore whether a Russian proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control might work, and as the administration seeks congressional support for an attack.
Obama says nobody disputes that chemical weapons were used in Syria. He says that use violates international law and poses, in his words, a "danger to our security."
Obama says the world saw thousands of videos, cellphone pictures and social media posts about the damage inflicted by the chemical weapons attack outside Damascus last month.
He says the U.S. knows that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime was responsible. He says Assad's forces prepared the attack in the days beforehand. He says they distributed gas masks to their personnel, then fired rockets into neighborhoods the regime was trying to rid of opposition forces.
Obama spoke in an address to the nation Tuesday night from the East Room of the White House.
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