NEWS US President Barack Obama says US ready to strike Syria after it used chemical weapons

PRESIDENT Barack Obama has confirmed the US is ready to strike Syria because it was in its “national interests” after the war-wracked country used chemical weapons.

President Obama stepped back from immediately approving a military blow against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, but said such an option was still very much on the cards.

“A failure to stand against the use of chemical weapons would weaken prohibitions against other weapons of mass destruction,” he said during a televised address to the United States this morning (Tuesday night in Washington).

“I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria. I will not pursue an open-ended action like Iraq or Afghanistan.

“(But) the US military doesn’t do pin pricks. Even a limited strike will send a message to Assad that no other nation can deliver.”

“The purpose of this strike would be to deter Assad from using chemical weapons, to degrade his regime’s ability to use them, and to make clear to the world that we will not tolerate their use.”

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