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Red line: Obama cautious on Syria chemical weapons
By JULIE PACE and DONNA CASSATA | Associated Press – 21 hrs ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Proceeding cautiously, President Barack Obama insisted on Friday that any use of chemical weapons
by Syria would change his "calculus" about U.S. military involvement in the 2-year-old civil war — but said too little was
known about a pair of likely sarin attacks to order aggressive action now.
The president's public response to the latest intelligence reflected the lack of agreement in Washington over whether to use
America's military to intervene in the civil war, — and if so, how. But lawmakers in both parties expressed concern that
inaction could embolden Syrian President Bashar Assad and perhaps other countries including North Korea and Iran.
U.S. officials declared on Thursday that the Syrian government probably had used chemical weapons twice in March, newly
provocative acts in the civil war that has killed more than 70,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands more. The
U.S. assessment followed similar conclusions from Britain, France, Israel and Qatar — key allies eager for a more aggressive
response to Syrian conflict.
Obama, in his first comments about the new intelligence disclosure, said Friday, "For the Syrian government to utilize
chemical weapons on its people crosses a line that will change my calculus and how the United States approaches these
issues." He has issued similar warnings for months, saying the use of chemical weapons or transfer of the stockpiles to
terrorists would cross a "red line" and carry "enormous consequences."
Seeking to show resolve, Obama added Friday that "I've meant what I said."
The president is facing political pressure from a familiar contingent of senators, led by Arizona Republican John McCain,
favoring a quick and strong U.S. response. But even those lawmakers appear opposed to an American military invasion and
are instead supporting creation of a protective "no-fly zone" or another