WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama used a nationally televised address Tuesday to make his case for military action against Syria, telling skeptical Americans that President Bashar Assad's government posed a threat to American security even as fast-moving diplomatic developments offered the prospect that military action could be averted.
While saying he asked Congress to postpone action on Syria while diplomacy unfolded, Obama also said he has ordered the military to remain prepared to carry out attacks if needed. He blamed last month's chemical attacks near Damascus squarely on Assad's government and warned that a failure to act now will encourage tyrants and terrorists to use similar weapons.
"Our ideals and principals as well as our national security are at stake in Syria, along with our leadership of a world where we seek to ensure that the worst weapons will never be used," the president said.
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