September 3, 2013

Kerry: Strikes not about Obama's red line

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry says the debate about military strikes against Syria is not about President Barack Obama's "red line" that weapons of mass destruction cannot be tolerated.

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In this Aug. 26, 2013 file photo Secretary of State John Kerry speaks about the situation is Syria at the State Department in Washington. Kerry said in a series of interviews on news shows Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, that the United States now has evidence of sarin gas use in Syria and said "the case gets stronger by the day" for a military attack. The secretary said that Syrian President Bashar Assad "has now joined the list of Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein" in deploying chemical weapons against his population and echoed President Barack Obama in saying the world cannot stand by and watch Assad use chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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Instead, Kerry told Congress Tuesday that "this debate is about the world's red line." He says it is "a red line that anyone with a conscience ought to draw."

Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey were dispatched to the Senate to help persuade lawmakers to support a resolution authorizing limited military strikes against Syria following a chemical weapons attack last month outside Damascus that left hundreds dead, including many children.

Kerry said "This is not the time for arm-chair isolationism. This is not the time to be spectators to slaughter."

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