President Obama Seeks to Convince Americans on Syria Attack - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

President Obama Seeks to Convince Americans on Syria Attack

Posted: Updated:

He's headed back home from the G-20 summit in Russia, but President Barack Obama will have little time to rest up from his overseas trip. He's planning an address to the American people Tuesday night, in which he'll try to get support for a U.S. military strike on Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack last month.
 
Obama conceded today that he might not convince a majority of Americans that a military strike is the right move. But he says it's still up to members of Congress to decide. He's not saying whether he'd go ahead with an attack if Congress votes no.
 
A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says Obama is going to have to make a convincing case Tuesday night.
 
Surveys have shown a significant number of House Republicans and Democrats opposed to military action or leaning against it -- but officials in the leadership say it's premature to say the resolution can't be approved. At this stage, just a third of the House and Senate members have been given classified briefings.
 
Meanwhile, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations says Syrian President Bashar Assad "has barely put a dent in his enormous stockpile" of chemical weapons that American officials believe killed more than 1,400 people outside Damascus last month.
 
Ambassador Samantha Power says the world has done very little to curb Assad's willingness to use the deadly nerve agents again.
 
Power also said Friday the United States has exhausted all alternatives short using of military force to deter Assad from using chemical weapons on his own people in the future.
 
Power was speaking at the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress think-tank in Washington.

She again accused Russia of blocking a U.N. Security Council vote to take action in Syria.

And - House members who are willing to give their positions are either opposed to or leaning against President Barack Obama's plan for a U.S. military strike against Syria by nearly a 6-to-1 margin. That's the finding of a survey by The Associated Press. The Senate is more evenly divided.
 
Despite the indications that Obama faces an uphill fight in votes as early as next week, the situation is very fluid. About half of the 433-member House and a third of the 100-member Senate remain undecided. 
 
By their own statements or those of their aides, only 31 members of the Republican-led House support intervention or are leaning in favor of authorizing force. Some 185 House members outright oppose U.S. military involvement or are leaning against it.

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Europe courting international support for a possible U.S. strike on the Syrian regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons. 
 
Kerry, the Obama administration's chief salesman for a U.S. punitive strike, landed late Friday in Vilnius, Lithuania, and will meet Saturday with European officials about the Syrian crisis and update them on ongoing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. 
 
President Barack Obama decided last weekend to postpone any military action and seek the backing of Congress. 
 
But a vote on Capitol Hill to authorize a strike is not certain, and Kerry is using his European trip to shore up international backing. 
 
He also plans to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday in London.  (AP)

  • Today's Top StoriesMore>>

  • Standoff on Valley Road

    Standoff on Valley Road

    Reno Police say a standoff closed a portion of Valley Road late Saturday evening after a man barricaded himself inside a home.According to officers, police were called to an apartment in the 1700 block of Valley Road at around 8 p.m. on reports of a dispute. When they arrived a man barricaded himself inside the apartment and refused to leave. Police say it became apparent that the man was armed, and police surrounded the home, closing off a portion of Valley Road and asking other residents of...More >>
    Reno Police say a standoff closed a portion of Valley Road late Saturday evening after a man barricaded himself inside a home.According to officers, police were called to an apartment in the 1700 block of Valley Road at around 8 p.m. on reports of a dispute. When they arrived a man barricaded himself inside the apartment and refused to leave. Police say it became apparent that the man was armed, and police surrounded the home, closing off a portion of Valley Road and asking other residents of...More >>
  • Easter Weekend Celebrations

    Easter Weekend Celebrations

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:33 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:33:40 GMT
    The Boys and Girls Club held an Easter egg hunt Saturday in Sun Valley. More >>
    The Boys and Girls Club held an Easter egg hunt Saturday in Sun Valley. More >>
  • Confirmed Death Toll Climbs to 46; About 270 Missing in Ferry Crash

    Confirmed Death Toll Climbs to 46; About 270 Missing in Ferry Crash

    The number of confirmed dead in the South Korean ferry disaster has risen to 46, with some 270 still missing.More >>
    The number of confirmed dead in the South Korean ferry disaster has risen to 46, with some 270 still missing.More >>
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Standoff on Valley Road

    Standoff on Valley Road

    Reno Police say a standoff closed a portion of Valley Road late Saturday evening after a man barricaded himself inside a home.According to officers, police were called to an apartment in the 1700 block of Valley Road at around 8 p.m. on reports of a dispute. When they arrived a man barricaded himself inside the apartment and refused to leave. Police say it became apparent that the man was armed, and police surrounded the home, closing off a portion of Valley Road and asking other residents of...More >>
    Reno Police say a standoff closed a portion of Valley Road late Saturday evening after a man barricaded himself inside a home.According to officers, police were called to an apartment in the 1700 block of Valley Road at around 8 p.m. on reports of a dispute. When they arrived a man barricaded himself inside the apartment and refused to leave. Police say it became apparent that the man was armed, and police surrounded the home, closing off a portion of Valley Road and asking other residents of...More >>
  • Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart

    Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart

    Saturday, April 19 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-04-19 20:02:08 GMT
    A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.More >>
    A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.More >>
  • Easter Egg Hunts, Church Services This Weekend

    Easter Egg Hunts, Church Services This Weekend

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:12 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:12:17 GMT
    Lots of area events are scheduled for this Easter holiday weekend. Here is a list that will be updated frequently.More >>
    Lots of area events are scheduled for this Easter holiday weekend. Here is a list that will be updated frequently.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.