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Published August 30, 2013, 04:14 PM

U.S., France contemplate military action in Syria

The eyes of the world turn to the U.S. and France Friday evening as both governments prepare for a potential military strike against the Syrian government.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

The eyes of the world turn to the U.S. and France Friday evening as both governments prepare for a potential military strike against the Syrian government.

UN inspectors plan to leave Syria Saturday morning, one day ahead of schedule, after investigating a chemical weapons attack against civilians. Secretary of State John Kerry says Syria must be punished as a warning to other countries for leading a chemical weapons attack against its own people.

Kerry says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime killed more than 1,400 people with chemical weapons August 21st, a toll that he says included 426 children. The Pentagon has positioned five warships in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, providing more firepower for a possible attack on Syria.

Friday, President Obama said he has no interest in prompting military action that would involve boots on the ground, but does want Syria to be held accountable for breaking international norms on using chemical weapons.

Benjamin Brockman-Hawe is a Scholar in Residence for the Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies at UND. He says In a post Iraq world, President Obama will be looking very carefully at United Nations reports to make a decision.

"President Obama does not want a repeat of what happened in Iraq and the scandals that resulted from the misinformation that was presented at that time to the United Nations," said Hawe.

While the Constitution grants Congress the exclusive right to declare war, history proves President Obama could possibly order a military strike on Syria without getting congressional authorization.

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