Deidre Shesgreen reports:
After a meeting at the White House this morning, House Speaker John Boehner announced that he would back the president’s push for U.S. military action in Syria.
“I’m going to support the president’s call for action. I believe my colleagues should,” Boehner said after a meeting between President Obama and top congressional leaders.
Here is more of what the West Chester Republican said:
“The use of chemical weapons is a barbarous act. It’s pretty clear to me the United Nations is unable to take action, NATO not likely to take action. The United States for our entire history has stood up for democracy and freedom for people around the world.
“The use of these weapons has to be responded to and only the United States has the capability and the capacity to stop Assad and to warn others around the world that this type of behavior is not going to be tolerated. I appreciate the president reaching out to me and my colleagues in Congress. I also appreciate the president asking the Congress to support him in this action. This is something the United States as a country needs to do. I’m going to support the president’s call for action. I believe my colleagues should support this call for action.”
He said the U.S. has have enemies “around the world that need to understand” they cannot use chemical weapons and we also have allies around the world “who need to know that America will be there and stand up when it’s necessary.”