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Leaders backing Obama but questions of overall Syria strategy remain

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 - 01:00

Sept. 3 - Leaders in the House say they support the Obama administration's plea for military action in Syria, but others say more information is needed. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi came together in a rare show of bipartisan agreement, pledging their support for a military response in Syria. Boehner says the use of chemical weapons "is not going to be tolerated," referring to the August 21 incident outside Damascus that left more than 1,000 people dead. The Obama administration revealed last weekend that it had overwhelming evidence indicating the use of sarin gas by the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The administration has since moved to gather domestic and international support for limited military strikes aimed at punishing the Assad government for the alleged use. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER, SAYING: "The use of these weapons has to be responded to, and only the United States has the capability and capacity to stop Assad, and warn others around the world that this type of behavior is not going to be tolerated." (SOUNDBITE) (English) HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI, SAYING: "Again, I believe that the American people need to hear more about the intelligence that supports this action, and that is the responsibility of this chemical weapons use is clearly at the feet of Assad." (SOUNDBITE) (English) SENATOR BOB CORKER, TENNESSEE REPUBLICAN, SAYING: "I think that it's very, very important today that the administration make the case for Syria writ large and why this is important to our national interests. And in addition to knowing that this response is in response to chemical warfare, how this response also will aid us toward a strategy in Syria that is successful."

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Leaders backing Obama but questions of overall Syria strategy remain

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 - 01:00