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Because of that you get the first question.
Congratulations -- A couple questions on national security.
-- you said that the Red Line was not just about chemical weapons.
And eventually he cut drive and now you're.
That line it's not clear.
Do you -- US credibility.
If you don't take military action and that hardly got a little partial survivors.
Of that terror attack.
Who say they want important testified.
Somebody in your State Department and they -- -- have been blocked -- -- allow them to us.
Well first of all on Syria.
I think it's important -- -- for.
Several years now what we've been saying it slowly unfolding.
Disaster for the Syrian people.
And this is not a situation which we've been.
Simply bystanders to what happened.
My policy from the beginning and it present.
-- all credibility.
Attacked his -- people killed his own people.
Unleashed a military against innocent civilians.
And that the only way to bring stability and peace to Syria.
Is going to be for -- not step down and -- political transition.
In pursuit of that strategy we've organized international community we are the largest humanitarian don't we have worked to strengthen the opposition.
We have provided non lethal systems the opposition.
We have applied sanctions -- so.
There are whole host of steps that we've been taking precisely because.
Even separate from the chemical weapons.
What's happening in Syria is a blemish on.
The international community generally and we've got to make sure that we're doing everything we can't protect certain.
In that context what I've also.
Is that the use of chemical weapons would be a game.
Away from the United States but for the international community and the reason for that is that we have established -- -- law and international -- Say when you use.
These kinds of weapons.
You have the potential.
Killing the number of people in the most inhumane way possible.
And the proliferation risks are so significant that we don't want that -- -- well.
So what I said that.
The use chemical weapons were beginning to enter.
That wasn't unique to that wasn't a position unique to the United States.
And it should have been -- -- And what we now have evidence that chemical weapons have been used inside of Syria but we don't know.
How they were used when they were used.
Who used we don't have a chain of custody that establishes what exactly.
And when I am making decisions about.
America's national security and the potential for taking additional action.
In response to chemical weapons here's a got -- truck got the facts.
That's what the American people would expect.
And if we end up.
Rushing to judgment without.
Hard effective evidence.
Then we can find ourselves in the position where we can't mobilize the international community to support what we do.
There may be objections even among some.
People in the region were sympathetic with the opposition if we take that.
It's important for us to do this and -- -- And what I've sent to my team is we've got to do everything we can't investigate and establish.
Some certainty what exactly has happened sir what is happening in -- we will use all -- -- resource we have.
At our disposal.
We'll work where the neighboring countries receive.
Whether we can establish a clear baseline -- facts and we've also called on the United Nations.
But it's important what I want to make here is that.
We already are deeply.
And trying to bring about a solution -- it is difficult problem.
But even use chemical weapons were not big news.
We'd still be thinking about tens of thousands of people innocent civilians.
Women and children who've been killed.
By urging -- more concerned about staying empower them and is about the well being of its people and so so we are already.
Deeply invest in trying to find a solution here.
What is true though is that if I can establish.
-- -- -- -- Not only the United States but -- the international community.
Feel confident is the use of chemical weapons by via that -- And -- -- game changer because what that.
Portends is potentially even more devastating attacks on civilians and yeah it.
It raises the strong possibility those chemical weapons can't fall into the wrong hands and get.
In -- that would threaten.
US security or the security Allen and US military action by game changer I mean that we.
Have to rethink.
The range of options.
That are available.
Now -- already has invest.
In trying to bring about.
Solution inside of her.
Obviously there are options.
Available to me there on the shelf that we -- not.
And spectrum of options.
Early last year I -- The Pentagon and older children's.
Officials do prepare for me.
What options might fail and I won't go into the details what those options might be.
That would be an escalation.
In our view of the threat to.
The security of international community our allies and the United States and that means that there are some options that we might not other otherwise it.
It was wrong.
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