President Obama outlines Syria plans

by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

September 11, 2013

HOLLYWOOD–President Barack Obama took to the podium Tuesday night to address the country on his next plans for the Syria conflict, in where the Syrian government is believed to have killed 1400 civilians with chemical weapons.

In recent weeks, the president has threatened to strike Syria in response to their alleged use of chemical weapons. “If we fail to act the Assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons. As the ban against these weapons erodes, other tyrants will have no reason to think twice about acquiring poison gas and using them. Over time, our troops would face the prospect of chemical warfare on the battlefield and it could be easier for terrorist organizations to obtain these weapons and use them to attack civilians,” explained the commander-in-chief. 

Filipino American activists met in Hollywood, to listen to the presiden’t address which outlined his plans; that while he will keeps US forces in position for a possible strike he has also suspended the congressional vote to carry out the attack. 

On Tuesday, Russia proposed a compromise which involves Syria allowing their chemical weapons to be placed under international control and eventually dismantled. The agreement would get the US would back off on its proposed missile strikes “Its a graceful exit. He’s convening that he’s brandishing the sword of war. At the same time he actually offered a settlement. He has to bite the bullet and accept the peaceful offering,” said activist Art Garcia of the Answer Coalition. 

While the president also emphasized that there will be no boots on the ground, Filipinos are hoping he sticks to his word. “It’s a good thing that he said that but then again I won’t believe it til I see it”
said Cheryl Zarate of Kabataang Maka Bayan. 

The details of the plan between Russia and Syria, which Russian officials describe as a win-win-win situation for all three countries is expected to be released in the coming days. 

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  • Delia
    12 September 2013 at 9:32 am - Reply

    We are now in the era of the Incredibly Shrinking President. Even Putin, a Russian gangster, has got more commonsense. I think they are just amazed that such an incompetent man was elected U.S. President. It’s mainly because a majority of American voters have morphed into emotional cretins.

    • Arbi
      14 September 2013 at 9:06 am - Reply

      @Delia … GO FETCH! … IDIOT!