The Obama administration has now said that there is very little doubt that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against its own people.
On August 26th, Secretary of State John Kerry responded saying, â€śThe Administration is actively consulting with members of Congress and we will continue to have these conversations in the days ahead. President Obama has also been in close touch with the leaders of our key allies, and the President will be making an informed decision about how to respond to this indiscriminate use of chemical weapons.â€ť
Under the War Powers Resolution, the president, as commander-in-chief, may only send the armed forces into â€śhostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances,â€ť if there has been (1) a declaration of war by Congress; (2) authorization from Congress for the president to use military force; or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.
On August 27th, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said, â€śWe are prepared, and we have moved assets in place to be able to fulfill and comply with whatever option the president wishes to take. We are ready to go.â€ť
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