Obama vows not to pursue 'open-ended action' in Syria
Russian solution further complicates president's job
President Barack Obama vowed not to "pursue an open-ended action" in Syria during an address to the country on Tuesday night.
"I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria," Obama said.
Targeted military strikes against Syria would serve several purposes, including deterring Syria's government from using chemical weapons, making it more difficult for them to do so and making clear to the world that the use of chemical weapons won't be tolerated, Obama told the nation.Obama faced the challenge of trying to sell a military intervention he never wanted to an American public that opposes it.
The reluctant president's task has been further complicated by the sudden emergence of a possible diplomatic solution proffered by Russia that would avoid Obama's planned attack on Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons.
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