(Washington, DC) -- President Obama is trying to rally public support for possible U.S. missile strikes against Syria. In a primetime address from the White House, the President condemned a recent, deadly chemical weapons attack and again blamed the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Obama noted that more than a thousand people were killed, including children. He said the images were "sickening" and called the attack a "crime against humanity." The President insisted that Syria poses a threat to U.S. national security interests.
Obama is seeking congressional authorization for missile strikes but has asked Congress to delay votes while a possible diplomatic solution plays out. The White House is scrutinizing a Russian proposal for Syria to put its chemical weapons stockpiles under international control. Obama told a war-weary nation that any military strikes would be targeted and limited. The President insisted there would be no American "boots on the ground" and vowed that any conflict would not be "open ended."