Aug. 28 - U.S. President Obama says he has not decided whether to conduct a military strike against Syria, but said the goal of a limited action would be to deter use of chemical weapons. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
U.S. President Barack Obama told the PBS NewsHour that he still has not as not made a decision on making a military strike against Syria. SOUNDBITE: U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "We can take limited, tailored approaches, not getting drawn into a long conflict, not a repetition of, you know, Iraq, which I know a lot of people are worried about - but if we are saying in a clear and decisive but very limited way, we send a shot across the bow saying, stop doing this, that can have a positive impact on our national security over the long term." The Syrian government is suspected of using chemical weapons on hundreds of its own citizens last week. SOUNDBITE: U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "So we are consulting with our allies. We're consulting with the international community. And you know, I have no interest in any kind of open-ended conflict in Syria, but we do have to make sure that when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, that they are held accountable." Obama said he did not believe the Syrian opposition has chemical weapons that could have been used on a scale to kill hundreds of people.