White House Holds Intelligence Briefing for Possible Use of Military Force in Syria

White House Holds Intelligence Briefing for Possible Use of Military Force in Syria

The White House is holding an intelligence briefing with members of congress regarding the possible use of military force in Syria.
The White House is holding an intelligence briefing with members of congress regarding the possible use of military force in Syria.

It's ignited a heated debate on Capitol Hill about presidential authority and around the world about the timing and reasoning for a military assault.

Tension rises as the world waits for President Obama to make a decision.

Top administration officials consult with key members on congress via teleconference on an unclassified assessment on the situation in Syria.

"It also includes a conversation about some of the options that are available to the President."

High level talks take place at the UN too between the 5 permanent Security Council Members.  Russia called for the urgent meeting. 

President Obama says he has not made a decision on a potential military response but alluded to a decisive but limited action.

"We send a shot across the boy saying, stop doing this."

That is confusing some military analysts.

"Is it going to go under a nato mandate, is it going to go under the UN?  Like I said there are just so many questions that need to be answered by this administration before they take military action."

After conducting a swearing in "ceremony" at the White House, Vice President Joe Biden was unceremoniously briefed when asked about a US strike on Syria.

"The President hasn't made a decision yet."

Members of congress appear indecisive too, particularly about the President's authority to launch an assault in response the use of chemical weapons.

"Under the Constitution of the President has the right to take action, I believe."

"The War Powers Act is very non-specific on this.  It requires consultation."

While the US moves another destroyer into the region, UN weapons inspectors are now scheduled to stay on the ground in Syria until Saturday.

It may take a week to get a final report to UN tests of the chemical samples an oral report could happen Saturday.  The White House promised to make the unclassified intelligence assessment public this week.

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