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President Obama will be addressing America tonight at 9 p.m. ET (you can watch the speech live here) to weigh in about the country's response to Syria's recent use of chemical weapons, which killed more than 1,400 civilians. The event is seen as Obama's chance to lay out his case and ask for public support for a military strike against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.
For the past 10 days -- ever since Obama announced he was asking Congress for approval for the military intervention -- public opposition has been mounting. Congress had been expected to vote on Obama's authorization to strike Syria this week, but the timing is unclear.
As of today, poll numbers showed that almost 60 percent of Americans want Congress to vote no on bombing Syria (count me among that 60 percent). Almost 75 percent of respondents also agree that the U.S. should focus on its own damn problems here at home instead of using yet another war to (dubiously) promote democracy abroad.
According to inside officials, Obama’s speech has three aims: teaching Americans about what occurred in Syria in August; presenting the president's case for a military strike; and expressing his receptivity to a "diplomatic approach." Which, it seems, could be a possibility -- today Syria agreed to a proposed plan from Russiathat Syria put its chemical weapons under international control.
As of this writing, Syria had accepted the proposal and France had suggested a related resolution for the United Nations. Russian President Vladimir Putin expanded on the proposal on Tuesday, claiming it would only fly if Obama agreed to call off a potential strike against Damascus.
The White House said it would work with the U.N. to try to advance the Russians' plan, but the president's speech tonight will go on.
What do you think Obama will say tonight? What do you hope he'll say? What are your thoughts on the Syria situation altogether? Hash it out in the comments.
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