President Obama says world drew red line on use of chemical weapons in Syria

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:51am

A plan to intervene with a strike onto Syria was approved by a key Senate Committee on Capitol Hill Wednesday, while President Obama, traveling abroad, continues lobbying Congress to green light U.S. military action, Steve Handelsman has the story.

Secretary of State John Kerry urged house members to OK a strike in Syria and the Obama plan won approval in a Senate Committee.

John McCain forced a change a promise to do more to help Syrian rebels overthrow the dictator who's accused of using chemical weapons.

Many lawmakers oppose U.S. intervention and to pressure Congress, President Obama, in Sweden, honored Raoul Wallenberg, who saved thousands of Jews in the Holocaust, comparing that to what he would do now.

President Obama said the world drew the red line on chemical weapons, "My credibility's not on the line. The international community's credibility is on the line."

President Obama said if lawmakers up here, in the end vote no, he can still order an attack, but he predicted Congress will approve.

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