WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will hold interviews Monday with six major U.S. TV networks in another push to make the case to the U.S. public for a military strike on Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons, the White House said Saturday.
Obama, who just returned Friday night from a G20 summit in Russia, will tape his interviews with anchors of ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN and Fox News, according to the White House.
Those TV networks will air the interviews on Monday night ahead of a planned televised speech to the nation that Obama will make from the White House on Tuesday, in another push to win support for his military plan on Syria.
Obama announced on Aug. 31 that he decided to launch a limited military strike against Syria, but will first seek congressional authorization for the action, which he argues is aimed at punishing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for perpetrating a chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21 outside Damascus.
The attack the U.S. claims killed 1,429 people, including 426 children.
However, Obama is facing an uphill battle in both chambers of Congress as public opinion polls have repeatedly shown that most Americans are against military intervention in Syria and many traditional allies, such as the United Kingdom, have refused to join the United States in the action.
It is expected that Obama can garner enough support from the Democrat-controlled Senate after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed Wednesday a resolution on authorizing limited U.S. military action against Syria, thanks to the support of several hawks from the Republican Party.
The full house of the Senate is to hold a heated debate and a vote on the resolution in the week of Sept. 9 after it returns from the summer break.
But the real test for Obama will be in the Republican-dominated House of Representatives, where many Republican lawmakers have expressed opposition to the military strike against Syria despite the rare calls for support to Obama from Republican Speaker John Boehner and majority leader Eric Cantor.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- President Barack Obama said Saturday the United States could not turn a blind eye to Syria, where its government forces reportedly used chemical weapons in an attack near its capital of Damascus.
Obama made the remarks in his weekly radio and interned address published on the White House website, as he was stepping up a lobbying campaign for Congressional support of a military strike on Syria. Full story
DAMASCUS, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- The leadership, or regional command, of Syria's ruling al-Baath party decided Saturday to stay in a "permanent session" in light of the growing threats of a possible U.S. military strike against the country.
The decision was made during a meeting between al-Baath and a number of other Syrian parties on the latest developments of the threats to Syria, state-run SANA news agency said. Full story