Russia blocks action against Syria at UN
As the world has watched devastating images of the dead in Syria, the drumbeat for the US to take action is growing louder. But questions remain as to what a military strike against Syria would accomplish for President Obama. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports.
世界各地都看到了叙利亚令人震惊的死亡画面，美国要求采取行动的呼声越来越大。但是问题仍旧是对奥巴马来说，对叙利亚采取军事行动的结果是什么 。NBC的Andrea Mitchell报道 。
But first, the rumblings in this city about a possible military attack against Syria as early as this week over its use of chemical weapons. Tonight the pentagon says the US military is ready to attack but in an interview this evening president Obama says he has not made a decision to order a military strike. And there is new pressure on the president. The speaker of the house is demanding him make the case for any military action against Syria. We want to begin our coverage with NBC's chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell in our Washington newsroom. Andrea, good evening.
reporter: Good evening, Lester. Diplomacy came to a dead end add the United Nations when the Russians again blocked any action against Syria. But tonight the president faces a new political challenge as you mentioned from the republican speaker of the house, asking how a military strike serves America's national security? Tonight Mr. Obama spoke to Judy Woodruff and Gwen Aifle from the PBS Newshour about how close he is to taking military action.
First of all, I've not made a decision. I have gotten options from our military, and had extensive discussions with the national security team. We are consulting with our allies, we are consulting with the international community, and, you know, I have no interest in any kind of open-ended conflict in Syria , but we do have to make sure that when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, that they're held accountable.
reporter: The president's chief partner against Assad, British Prime Minister David Cameron called a special session of parliament tomorrow to justify retaliating against the regime.
We have to confront something that a war crime , something that is a crime against humanity.
reporter: Despite the devastating images of dead men, women and children that have shocked the world and US claims of hard intelligence, even today a week later the Syrian ambassador to the UN accused the rebels of gassing government troops.
Dozens of Syrian soldiers are currently treated in hospitals due to this use of chemical agent by the terrorist armed groups operating in the countryside of Damascus.
reporter: The warships are ready, the targets are chosen, limited cruise missile strikes against airfield artillery and the regime in command and control, but questions tonight from some experts about what a limited strike without a broader strategy would accomplish for the president.
When you're using military power you ought to know what is the political purpose you're trying to achieve. And if it's to stop chemical attacks, a limited military strike won't do it.
And not only does the president have trouble with congress, but tonight British Prime Minister Cameron is being forced to delay any vote to authorise any military action because of opposition in parliament.Might could likely delay any action by the US as well, Lester.