For the past two years, a horrible civil war and crisis has enveloped the nation of Syria in the Middle East. The media has covered much of the war, including the atrocities committed by both sides. Many people have been shocked to read about and see the events as they unfold in the country.
Politicians in Russia, China, the US, and throughout the United Nations have been working to find a way to calm the violence and to reach some sort of peaceful outcome for the country which has already lost over 100,000 civilians.
The recent use of chemical weapons supposedly by the Assad regime in Syria has prompted the Obama administration to begin the process of following through on threats of military action in the event of chemical weapons usage.
This has created a huge global political storm that has everyone talking about what will come next. Obama has given six television interviews this week to try to present his case and explain what the US is doing when it comes to Syria. Here are some of the best quotes from the interviews.
On a new proposal from the Russian government to remove Syria’s chemical weapons:
“This is something that is not new. I’ve been discussing this with President Putin for some time now.”
On looking at the larger problem:
“It does not solve the broader political situation. I would say to Mr. Assad, we need a political settlement so that you’re not slaughtering your own people, uh, and, by the way, encouraging some elements of the opposition to engage in some terrible behavior, as well.”
On the type of military action in question:
“The U.S. does not do pinpricks. Our military is the greatest the world has ever known. And when we take even limited strikes, it has an impact on a country like Syria.”
And another quote from President Obama which has been getting him in trouble recently from many liberal supporters:
“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
Keep an eye on the story in Syria as it’s changing rapidly by the hour. If you know of any other good quotes by the players involved, feel free to add them to our database.