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Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) -- "Lunch Money" Host Adam Johnson reports on President Barack Obama's statements on Syria. (Source: Bloomberg)

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It has been quite a winding road in the syrian conflict.

For the obama campaign on intervention as well.

In the week since the alleged chemical attack on a damascus suburb in august, the story has changed dramatically.

So has the president's tune.

We have been very clear to the outside regime but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.

That would change my calculus.

There would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons.

We are saying in a clear and decisive but very limited way , we sent a shot across about saying stop doing this.

This could have a house of impact on our national security over the long term and may have a positive impact if chemical weapons are not used again on civilians.

After careful deliberation, the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets.

I will seek authorization for the use of force from the american people's representatives in congress.

I did not set a red line.

The world set a red line.

The world set a red line when governments representing 98% of the world's population said the use of chemical weapons are abhorrent and past a treaty forbidding their use even when countries are engaged in war.

I want to make sure that there is no use of chemical weapons.

If we can do that without a military strike, that is overwhelmingly my presence -- my preference.

Can we see with a sense of urgency, language and a plan that is an forcible and verifiable through the international committee that come pushes that?

I have therefore asked the leaders of congress to postpone a vote to use the use of force and asked the military to maintain their pressure to keep the pressure onassad and the in a position to respond if diplomacy fails.

That last bit was from the president last night.

Here are the highlights in case you missed it.

Over the past two years, what began as a series of peaceful protests against the repressive regime of bosch rl assad has proved -- turned into a brutal resistance britt we cannot resolve someone else's civil war through force.

The situation profoundly changed on august 21 when assad's government gas to get over 1000 people including children.

The images from this massacre are sickening.

I determined that it is in the national security interests of the united states to respond to the assad regime's use of chemical weapons through a targeted military strike.

The purpose of this strike would be to deter assad from using chemical weapons for it i believed it was right in the absence of a direct or imminent threat to our security to take this debate to congress.

Some members of congress have said there is no point in simply doing a pinprick strike in syria.

Let me make something clear -- the united states military does not do pinpricks.

Even a limited strike will send a message to assad that no other nation can deliver.

I don't think we should remove another dictator with force.

We learn from iraq that doing so makes us responsible for all that comes next.

A targeted strike can make a sod or any other dictator think twice before using chemical weapons.

Several people wrote to me that we should not be the world's policemen.

I agree.

The russian government has indicated a willingness to join with the international community in pushing assad to give up his chemical weapons.

I have therefore asked the leaders of congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force while we pursue this diplomatic path.

America is not the world's policemen.

Terrible things happen across the globe and it is beyond their means to right every wrong.

But when, with modern effort and risk, we can stop children from being asked to death and thereby make our own children safer over

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