National Security Advisor Susan Rice Speaks on Syria

September 9, 2013

Tomorrow evening, the President will address the nation about the United States’ response to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons on August 21 that killed more than 1,400 civilians -- including more than 400 children. Today, National Security Advisor Susan Rice spoke from the New America Foundation to explain why Syria’s use of chemical weapons is a serious threat to our national security, and why it is in our national interest to undertake limited military action to deter future use.

Ambassador Rice laid out the case for the damage that would be done to our national security and that of our partners and allies should we fail to respond to enforce the longstanding international norm against the use of chemical weapons. She also described the intensive diplomatic and other efforts we have undertaken before choosing military action. Watch her full remarks here, and read the transcript here.

And earlier today, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a statement on the situation in Syria. Watch here.

About the Author: Caitlin Hayden serves as the National Security Council Spokesperson.

Editor's Note: This entry originally appeared on the White House Blog.



Eric B.
California, USA
September 10, 2013
First of all, the US had no problem whatsoever with failing to respond to Israeli use of chemical weapons. Secondly, the responsibility for enforcing longstanding international norms falls to a longstanding international organization, the United Nations, as well it should, to prevent individual nations with hidden agendas from arrogating to themselves that authority. Thirdly, Susan Rice has built a solid reputation over the years for being a lying, bloodthirsty thug.
Patrick W.
Maryland, USA
September 11, 2013
Tell Secretary Kerry too have them have a cease fire, so they can remove the chemical weapons. This would help both sides get rid of the threat of more deaths on both sides. This would also show that both side care about the people their fighting for in Syrian. It would look good in the news for both side to cooperate on the undertaking of this action. This could also help the citizen of Syria that are still in the country get out of the way of the war going on there. If they are will to remove the weapons why not this also. :)


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