Posted: Sep 10, 2013 4:12 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Sep 10, 2013 7:50 PM
Source: WBRZ, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - President Obama is scheduled to address the nation tonight about a possible U. S. response to Syria using chemical weapons against rebel fights and civilians in its ongoing civil war.
The president initially called chemical weapons use a "red line" he warned Syria not to cross. Obama administration officials later said they'd collected evidence showing Syria killed more than 1,400 people in a chemical weapons attack.
The president had been trying to rally support both in the U. S. and abroad for a military strike as punishment against Syria, but that support has been slow coming. Louisiana's congressional delegation has largely come out against military strikes, and other members of Congress have argued the president must make the case directly to the American people.
Today Syria's foreign minister said they'd accepted a Russian proposal to allow international control over their chemical weapons, which was then scheduled to be taken up this afternoon by the U. N. Security Council. That meeting was then abruptly canceled.
President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry said they would be in favor of Syria turning over its chemical weapons to international control. Kerry said Syria should go further than just dismantling the program by also entering into talks with the opposition fighters to reach an end to the nation's conflict.
Special coverage of the president's address is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. CT. You can watch it live here at WBRZ.com.