September 11th, 2013
06:07 AM ET
5 years ago

Syria speech: What's next on Obama's to-do list

(CNN) - If you take the long view – and by "long view" we're talking 10 days - there have been three distinct paths the U.S. could have taken on Syria.

First, way back on August 31, President Barack Obama seemed imminently close to a strike on President Bashar al-Assad's regime. After Labor Day, came a detour toward seeking Congressional approval. That effort was overwhelmingly met by the public with a "No thanks. We'll pass." Then this week, thanks to a remark by Secretary of State John Kerry that may or may not have been off the cuff, Obama made a sharp turn - toward diplomacy.


Filed under: President Obama • Syria
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Very wise president in modern Era of USA. Period.

    September 11, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  2. Donna

    No boots for lunatics. Mr president you are my hero, Keep up the good work you've got my approval,

    September 11, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  3. The Elephant in the Room

    If 6 months ago someone asked is it in Americas interest to eliminate Syrian ChemWeapons and missile flexing will be required to achieve it, Santorum and every other GOPer would have said yes. We need to authorize force

    September 11, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    I think the President should schedule another chat with the nation next week because circumstances have changed and events are evolving quickly. The public will need to be informed of what will have happened between next week and now.

    September 11, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |