The United States is prepared and “should” take military action against Syria, President Barack Obama said Saturday afternoon in a Rose Garden speech. But before acting, Obama will ask for congressional approval for a “limited” bombing campaign against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, although the president maintained he does not need to.

“All of us should be accountable as we move forward, and that can only be accomplished with a vote,” he said. “Yet while I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization, I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course and our actions will be even more effective. We should have this debate, because the issues are too big for business as usual.”

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Obama: U.S. ‘should’ punish Syria; will seek congressional permission
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