President Obama addressed the nation on Syria tonight. You should have watched, but in case you did not or would just like to watch again…
America must now decide how we want to move forward as a nation. Do we want to continue in a leadership role or are we to be content with sitting back and being a follower and a has-been? I believe the President very clearly laid out tonight which path he would choose.
Our ideals and principles, as well as our national security, are at stake in Syria, along with our leadership of a world where we seek to ensure that the worst weapons will never be used.
America is not the world’s policeman. Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong. But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death, and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act. That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional. With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth.
A transcript of President Obama’s remarks follows the break.