HOT BLAST: The president speaks on Syria
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President Barack Obama, accompanied by Senate Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper Terrance Gainer, right, leaves a meeting with congressional Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Senate Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper Terrance Gainer, right, leaves a meeting with congressional Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Charles Blow tweets: "I don't think most folks can be convinced to use direct U.S. military force in #Syria. I sense that opinions are calcifying or eroding..."

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The Times John Harwood: "Obama on Syria like QB who throws 4th-Q pick, then gets ball back. play he now gets to run - whether works or not - better than prvs options

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BBC's Katty Kay: "I'm not sure that speech will have changed any minds but it was clear and invoking WW1 and WW2 was powerful."

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From John Nichols Twitter feed: "Takeaway: President argued for action. But instead of just military action, he held out prospect of diplomatic resolution. Progress."

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Writer Jeffery Goldberg tweets: "This is the part that disturbs me. Thousands of children have writhed on hospital floors in Syria from bomb and gun attacks."

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As rationales go this one was no "smoking gun/mushroom cloud."

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The president is finished with his remarks.

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Here's a link to a running transcript.

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 "The United States military does not do pinpricks." - Obama



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Seems like there's a fine line between confidence in the U.S.'s military superiority and the arrogance of a superpower. 

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"I spent 4 and a half years trying to end wars."  - Obama



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Obama is offering a brief history of chemical weapons. This story by Tim Lockette might be helpful.

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C-SPAN has a link to the video of the president's remarks.

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A few links before the president's remarks at 8:



 
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