Obama's "hastily organized" Rose Garden announcement follows an ongoing international debate over military intervention in the Middle Eastern country. While France has endorsed action, British lawmakers voted against it. Putin has called allegations of chemical weapon use in Syria "utter nonsense."
UN inspectors left the country early this morning for Lebanon. They are headed to the Hague, where blood and urine samples from Syrian victims, as well as soil samples, will be tested for evidence of a chemical attack.
Most of his national security advisers believed he "had the authority to act on his own," but the president changed his plan after a "lengthy discussion" with chief of staff Denis McDonough.
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